ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2019
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2019, over 7,000 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2019 on 1,209 campuses across 135 nations. 69 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 805 Millennium Fellows.
During the Millennium Fellowship, Millennium Fellows' dedicated 96,705 hours and their 422 unique projects positively impacted the lives of 564,366 people worldwide.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT THIAGO ALEXANDER ESSLINGER VASQUEZ, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2019.
Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia, United States | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9
" Our way of living will continue to steal resources from future generations if we do not change. I believe the Climate Crisis should be taught and people must be shown how they can change, because our future can still be saved; most importantly, people have the power to change. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Green Education Initiative
The Green Education Initiative aims to educate students on campus sustainability. By providing access to this education, students will learn about climate issues, what their school is doing to combat these problems, and how students can take action on climate solutions. The project embodies a presentation that can easily be given for incoming First-Year students during their orientation. This presentation is broken down into a few parts. Firstly, we will educate students on the climate crisis and issues relating to biodiversity. Next we will discuss what Georgia Tech and the Atlanta area has done and their goals relating to climate action/solutions. Finally, we will talk about ways students can become involved on and off campus (in a multitude of different ways). We want to highlight existing infrastructure for sustainable development (such as recycling and waste management on campus) and the various ways one can become involved - whether through education, fellowships, training, and lobbying.
We hope to expand our project during our time at Georgia Tech from orientation presentations to the creation of online sustainability education modules (similar to Alcohol Edu) for students. Additionally, we plan to encourage participation with sustainability badges for online recruitment sites. The goal is to create modules in the most informative and interactive platform available for incoming first-year students to review during orientation. By providing this education early on, students will gain a greater understanding of their surrounding environment and how everyday actions can instigate change.
Following implementation of this sustainable education project at Georgia Tech, our goal is to create an outline for other schools in Georgia to create and implement more modules on their campuses.
About the Millennium Fellow
Thiago Esslinger is a 2nd Year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying Biochemistry. Thiago currently serves as the President of Students Organizing for Sustainability, Environmental Impact Coordinator for the Earth Day Committee, and as a violist in the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. His two greatest passions include music and science, which he believes are powerful tools for climate activism.