Kimberly Garcia was born in Mexico City but was raised in Reno, Nevada. She is currently a senior at Innovations High School. During her free time, Kimberly loves to go on long walks to relieve stress, as well as eat good food and watch movies.
Kimberly cares about solving climate change not only because it affects her, especially through drought and poor air quality in her region of Nevada, but also because climate change affects younger children. She feels the need to make a change now and fast to allow children to live a healthy life.
Kimberly started working on climate issues when Rebecca Anderson from ACE introduced Idle-Free Schools to her leadership class. Kimberly learned from her that the children are the ones affected most by engine idling. She knew she wanted to make a difference because no one ever did that for her growing up. Kimberly recruited a nearby elementary school to become Idle-Free. She delivered a presentation to the school and coordinated an Idle-Free art contest for the students. Another highlight of Kimberly’s work was traveling to Sacramento, CA to testify before the Environmental Protection Agency in support of lowering the ozone standard to 60 parts per billion.