When Alicia Mathew was a kid, she started a petition to reduce plastic waste.

No one signed it. But she wasn’t easily deterred.

Years later, the Metea Valley High School junior is working to inspire greener habits in and around her community once again. This time, with the help of a local environmental group and alongside dozens of other area students who are motivated, rather than put off, by discouragement.

To show that younger generations are committed to building a sustainable future despite the notion that it’s too late to turn things around — climate doomism, for short — a cadre of about 60 students are developing their own projects and pitches of innovative solutions to address the problem.

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