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Hi! I’m so glad you’ve found me here, and I hope you are too!

My name is Rebecca, and I’m a 15 year old high school student from Vancouver BC. I’m very passionate about protecting the Earth and am exceedingly concerned about the lack of sustainability in our actions as a society. I started this blog to share some of these concerns with the wider world and to (hopefully!) inspire and equip people to take action. To read more about my rationale behind starting this blog and what to expect from it, here is my first post, which describes this.


Other than the environment, I love learning about just about anything, including philosophy, science, and indigenous cultures. I also enjoy playing the violin, riding my bike, and spending time in the amazing outdoors of beautiful British Columbia! 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: Rebecca Hamilton 778-321-8526 sustainabiliteens@gmail.com
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