My name is Alex George and I’m an intern with Conservation Voters of South Carolina.

I’m from right here in Columbia, South Carolina. When I was little I was all about animals. I ran around catching lizards, tadpoles, and insects. I remember exploring a local creek with my dad and climbing on what we called “rhino rock” on the Saluda River. (It’s near the Riverbanks zoo entrance – see if you can find it!) As I grew older, I became concerned as I realized that protecting our environment was often not a political priority. Gas prices skyrocketed and Americans panicked about energy. The evidence behind climate change crystalized, but people still denied it. It seemed like the environment was in danger and people weren’t paying attention.

Rocky Branch at Maxcy Gregg Park in Columbia

Rocky Branch at Maxcy Gregg Park in Columbia

Now I study Environmental Science and Marine Science at USC and want to dedicate my career to sustainability. I’m also very interested in issues of social justice for people of color, women, and the LGBT community. To me, progress for humanity means questioning the status quo to make life livable for everyone and to respect the soil we depend on.

Last semester, I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to find a career-related opportunity for the summer. Luckily, I attended USC’s Green Career fair in March and met Alan Hancock from CVSC. I applied for the internship and now I’m here! I’ve learned several new skills at CVSC – I’ve summarized legislative proceedings, visited the State House, researched sea level rise, drafted Facebook posts, and more!

I like CVSC because the people who work here are interesting and kind. And we all share a common goal. Interning with CVSC this summer feels like the right place at the right time. That’s the kind of Conservation Voter I am – what kind are you?