This post is the of a 10 part blog series to celebrate ACE's 5th birthday. We ask ACE staff members to answer 5 questions about their time with the organization, including their favorite stories and some surprise facts about themselves. Be sure to check out the rest of the series!
ACE Staff Member: Shana DeClercq
Position: Education and Awareness Program Manager
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island with one other ACE staffer, who would it be (and why!)?
A: Brian Stillwell, because with his unfailingly positive attitude, he would help me see that we were not so much stranded as being offered an amazing opportunity to study desert island ecosystems, to soak in the sun, to catch up on personal reflection, and to become self-taught boat makers!
Q: What's the newspaper headline you'd like to read about ACE in 2020?
A: ACE Throws Huge Celebration Party, Closes Doors: Mission Accomplished. Today, on June 1, 2020, ACE parties with its last class of high school graduates, as, in the five years since youth led all nations to broker a binding treaty on greenhouse gas emissions, the all-renewable energy economy has flourished, and youth-led adaptation efforts worldwide have taken off. (Read more, Page 10, under 'Bieber's Baby Breaks World Record for Cuteness').
Q: It's no secret that we work hard, and put in some long days. What's your favorite video you like to watch/song you listen to for a mid-day break/pump up session?
A: Hands down: Thrift Shop by Macklemore. Irresistible beats, and talk about a way to get a fresh perspective!
Q: What's your favorite part about working for ACE?
A: Undoubtedly, what gets me going every day is the amazing people of ACE: our mission-driven staff, the students, teachers, parents and community members, our allied partners, and our supportive donors. To work side-by-side with these immensely talented and hard-working people--in a shared understanding that innovative climate solutions are within our grasp--is incredibly rewarding.
Q: How did you first get involved with ACE?
A: In late 2012, I spent a lot of time thinking about what I personally could contribute in the critical fight to stabilize our climate. I am not a climate scientist, but I understand science, and I want the world to hear what our climate scientists are saying. I am, by nature and by training, a storyteller. I wanted to tell the stories of the people being affected by climate change now, and I wanted to serve as human megaphone for the young people who are making a difference. It all came together with me joining ACE, where we believe in the power of a new narrative to break through the challenge of climate change. As we say in our values statement, "We believe that the planet, the climate movement and humanity all need a new story for the future – moving us from why we haven’t or can’t to why we must and will; from what we can expect to happen to making the unexpected happen; from how we will survive to ways we can thrive."