My name is Chelsea, i was born and raised in oviedo, florida. my father is half Puerto Rican half Italian, my mother on the other hand is Irish, Polish,and German. my parents were both brought up in broken households, however my family is extremely close both families are from different sides of the world and have delt with prejudice in there relationship. we still manage to be very up lifting towards everyone in the family and get along. there is another huge part of my life the three children my family adopted all under the age of 9 and all my brothes. the fact that we have such a large family has a lot of impact on our water consumption and electric bill the sad thing is no one in my family is really very in to recycling but hopefully the statistics will change there mind.
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My parents met in Germany. My father was a lieutenant in the army. My mother was English and was working on the army base. My father is still in the Army so I have moved a lot. I was born in Detroit, Michigan. I have lived in Arizona, Maryland, Virginia, Germany, Canada and Florida. Having lived oversees I have a unique perspective on things. In Germany I went to the Organic Market every Saturday. Since that early age I have always been passionate about organic farming. Also England is very big into Organic Farming. The current heir to the British Throne, Prince Charles, is a big proponent of organic farming and most of my research on the subject is from English studies. I addition I became passionate about the environment when I lived in Canada. Canada is very Green and that has influenced me greatly. Most of my life experience up to this point and my family diversity helped influence and inspire me to pursue this topic.
ITALY AND PUERTO RICO
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My name is Pablo. My father was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and so was his mother and father. He lived there all his life. His Grandmother was from the Italian island of Sicily. She moved to Puerto Rico when she was 12 and she met my fathers' grandfather, Felipe Ortiz I, in Puerto Rico. They gave birth to my grandfather and he married a Puerto Rican woman, Maria Ortiz. They both had my dad in Santurce, Puerto Rico. My dad married my mom from Ponce, Puerto Rico and they gave birth to me and my brothers. My mom's line is fully Puerto Rican all the way back to when the Spaniards, Africans, and Taino Indians blended. I was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico in 1993 and I moved to Orlando, Florida when I was 3 years old.I am fluent in both Spanish and English.As I was growing up I was introduced to alot of poverty and polluted areas. My great grandma would also tell me stories of the streets in Italy and how they too were polluted. So i used this to my advantage and researched sustainable industry in countries that arent as well to do as in America and Canada. I am trying to learn Italian but not much people from my family that is from there still live to this day. I can proudly say im Puerto Rican. Mi Orgullo!(my pride).
My name is Michael and I am a girl. I used to live in Guatemala. In Guatemala there is a lot of biofuel use and that is becoming a major part of the society. Having family there and having taken several trips to see my great-grandma has inspired me to look into biofuels and their practical applications in society. I brought Flat Stanley with me to Guatemala for my little sister’s school. We went all around and everywhere was really dirty. My Grandma visits there all the time to see her mom because she is sick. I worry about her health when she goes for months at a time. This project is a great way to learn how to help out and see if Guatemala could be doing anymore to make the country cleaner.