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Ella Merrill

Major: Environmental Policy

“I grew up on a barrier island in Florida. As an Environmental Policy major, I study climate projections in school, and see that because of anthropogenic climate change, my island could be gone within my lifetime. The knowledge of the possibility of losing one’s home is a profound feeling, and as a Barnard student, I am aware of my potential to drive the change I wish to see. People around the world are losing their beautiful homes, and by urging Barnard to divest from fossil fuels I am lending my voice to a cause that requires urgent action.”