My Dream Colleague

9/4/15 Edited to update Will Steger Foundation name to Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

I’m a United Nations alumni. Let me explain. In 1989, Trollwood Performing Arts School brought together Chinese, Russian, and American students in a production of The Sound of Music in Fargo, ND. I was in 7th grade. I was amazed. In 1991, Trollwood receives the United Nations Peace Messenger Award for it’s IMAGINE International Cultural Exchange Program. In 1992, my family was host to one of several international exchange students. I graduated high school in 1994.

Fast forward to 16 September 2014, Leonardo DiCaprio is named a United Nations Messenger of Peace <http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/2014/09/secretary-general-designates-leonardo-di-caprio-un-messenger-peace/>. He speaks for climate change. I just today found out about his appointment. Congratulations to him.

I am the Webmaster for the Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. As you may know, Will Steger is a leader in climate literacy and education awareness. Every ice shelf he has traveled has disappeared. He is an eyewitness to the effects of climate change.

All I can say is that something big is coming from the Climate Generation (they announced in a recent newsletter their plan for a new Website. As Webmaster, I’m excited). IMAGINE my wonder if I could work with a thespian in the realm of climate change. My admiration for the UN MoP program is extreme. I was a theatre major in college, I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre, Youth Studies, and Communication. I’m a grad student in a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership program at the University of Minnesota. I’m a small town guy in a big city with global ideas.

This email is a single cheer from the field. Someone noticed Leonardo DiCaprio in the headline and told me of his MoP status. I’m ecstatic. I hope the work I do with the Climate Generation makes a ripple in the big scope of things. DiCaprio has become quite the role model for me now.

If there’s ever a single cheer that should be heard among all the others, mine should be the one.