My name is Cynthia Ma and I am currently a junior at McLean High School from Northern Virginia. I primarily focus on soil conservation, but I am also involved with environmental education and water conservation. I founded my personal blog,”LetsTalkEarth”, not only to share with you my environmental ideas and projects from both my personal and professional experiences, but also to further my own understanding of these ideas and projects. I stand strong by the idea that the best way to learn a subject is to teach or share it with others.
After discovering my interest in environmental conservation, I began a research project in the summer of 2020 with the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, researching the effects of erosion and the importance of erosion prevention methods. During that same summer, I virtually interned with Foundation for a Green Future to set up the annual Boston Greenfest event. I am currently interning with the U.S Department of Agriculture and working with Forest Service, Springer Nature, and ERS publications. In several months I will be starting another environmental project with the Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District as part of the Youth Conservation Leadership Institute project.
In November of 2020, I was invited to speak at the TedxYouth@Brambleton event, and I presented a talk called “The Irony of Our Reactions to COVID-19”, highlighting the everyday environmental interactions we as humans are involved in. I discussed the importance of staying intellectually curious to deepen our understanding of the environmental impacts of our daily lives. “You don’t have to be an expert. I am no expert. However, looking past the surface of our everyday activities can always enlighten you to something you don’t know”. So I strongly encourage you, a reader of my blog, to apply the environmental knowledge you learn here to change the way you perceive your daily actions and subconsciously guide yourself to make environmentally friendly decisions.
A YouTube Link to the TedxYouth@Brambleton talk will be posted here soon.