ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations. 80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT ALIDA MONACO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.
Harvard University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 6 & UNAI 9
" The Millennium Fellowship is a powerful program because it represents the next generation shining a light on the injustices around the world and vowing to take tangible and immediate action to leave the world a fairer and more just place. I am excited to join this cohort to ensure justice for our environment and to ensure a viable future for all life, no matter the species, race, or class. While there is still much to be done to guarantee that a sustainable future is widely available, I have hope that, along with that of the other Millennium Fellows, my actions will contribute to combating climate change and inspire others to do the same. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Harvard Rain Garden Initiative
The initiative looks to relieve campus flooding from increased rainfall due to climate change through rain gardens. A rain garden is a form of bio-retention that has a specific soil composition to absorb excess flood water, while also promoting native flora, augmenting the aesthetic of the yard, contributing to water conservation, and absorbing harmful chemicals on pathways in a relatively cheap and low maintenance manner.
-Goal 1: install 2-3 more rain gardens in different houses on campus
-Goal 2: educate Harvard students about these rain garden efforts by creating a website with info on adaptation and resilience efforts on campus and around the US
-Goal 3: Gather student interest + publicity about the gardens through a Harvard Crimson article
-Goal 4: Brainstorm other adaptation methods Harvard can implement to protect its campus against the future effects of climate change
About the Millennium Fellow
Alida Monaco is a rising senior at Harvard College studying Environmental Science and Public Policy focused in Economics. She is pursuing a secondary in Astrophysics and a citation in Italian. Alida has a deep passion for environmental and social justice, and hails from New York City.