Losing WiFi and Finding a Connection

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Losing WiFi and Finding a Connection

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Costa Rican students leave the comforts of home and find meaning under the stars.

“I had already started to change before I came to this course; first I changed in my house, saving compost with my mother and brother. But now, I want to recycle more, too.”

At her high school in San Lorenzo de San Marcos de Tarrazú, Costa Rica, Natalia loves studying astronomy, math, and engineering. She also wants to be as prepared as she can for the University.

Six years ago, Natalia’s older brother participated in a local EPI Sea Turtle Ecology course, and he inspired her to go and learn about leatherback sea turtles. On her own EPI course, while conducting night censuses of nesting leatherback sea turtles under a canopy of the stars, Natalia fell in love with conservation and sea turtles.

Natalia loves being in nature, disconnecting from town and electronics, and being close to animals. In general, she wants to do more for the environment, and learn more about how to protect our resources. She says, “I had already started to change before I came to this course; first I changed in my house, saving compost with my mother and brother. But now, I want to recycle more, too.”

Natalia is stressed by the changes that are happening in her community, such as the loss of the forest. She also wants to protect the water in her community, and she wants people to know that there are damages that cannot be reversed. "We have to educate people; we have to let them see how climate change and pollution affect them and explain how they can change to help recover and preserve resources. Change is little by little, but it shows in the size of the garbage bag."

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