Columbia University哥伦比亚大学Essay范文 "sustainable Development in south Africa"
As I sat at a table in the corner of a cafe, hunched over a press release I was writing, I asked myself, "Why is a youth advocate from Long Island, halfway around the world in South Africa this summer, debating issues of sustainable development at a United nations conference?" I needed to meet a deadline for the Youth Caucus at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) after an exhausting but exhilarating day of lobbying。 My goal was to help persuade world leaders at the largest United nations conference in history that pursuing sustainable development is essential for the future of our planet。
Because I had attended a previous Un conference about children's rights, I understood the importance of sustainable development in this context。 Then, I was chosen to represent SustainUS, a national network of American youth, at the WSSD。 I raised all of the money needed for my trip。 I was thrilled to witness the human spirit in its purest sense, taking collective action to care for the less fortunate around the globe。
It was one thing to debate language in the conference document about goals set to provide people in developing nations with access to water. It was quite another to visit Soweto, only a few kilometers away from the conference, and to meet poor Africans living in shanties with limited access to water. This observation embedded in my mind the seriousness of my work in a way that no statistic could describe. The challenge on paper seemed quite different from the harshness of Soweto and Alexandria and the long-suffering faces and pleading eyes of the beggars there. I reminded myself that I needed to work around the clock while I was in South Africa to help these impoverished people.