I believe the greatest challenge my generation will face is climate change. I traveled to Iceland this past summer with National Geographic and witnessed climate change in action. On a small boat in an iceberg-filled lagoon, I saw a beautiful glacier crumbling to pieces. Right before my eyes, chunks of ice were falling off of the glacier and into the lagoon. The beautifully clear blue glacial rivers flowed beneath my shoes. Yet, these rivers were evidence of the quickly melting glacier.

Jennifer focused on photography during her trip and took this shot of an ice cave.

Jennifer focused on photography during her trip and she took this shot inside an ice cave.

It was a spectacular sight, but also a sad one. Perhaps my own children would never be able to see the very glacier I once climbed on. How can we let something so beautiful and important crumble beneath our feet? Unless they are the select few who have experienced these changes in person, most of my generation have hardly thought about climate change. I think one way to deal with this issue is education. I only truly learned about the effects of climate change the summer before my senior year of high school. I believe that children should be taught that what they do effects the environment around them. This sort of respect is definitely lacking in my generation, but I think that if we teach the younger generation about this, they will grow to be much more concerned about the Earth than my generation seems to be.

Jennifer and fellow friend from their Icelandic adventure,

Enjoying a moment with a fellow student traveler and new friend from their Icelandic adventure.