ELAW partner Kenneth Kakuru, Executive Director of Greenwatch in Uganda, celebrates with his daughters. Samantha (front) is following in her father's footsteps as a public interest attorney.

ELAW partner Kenneth Kakuru, Executive Director of Greenwatch in Uganda, celebrates with his daughters. Samantha (front) is following in her father’s footsteps as a public interest attorney.

Here at ELAW, we often talk about how to build the next generation of environmental defenders. How will the skilled professionals around the world who are part of the ELAW network pass their knowledge on to future generations? How will these newer generations become engaged and find ways they can share their unique gifts with the world?

Last summer, ELAW Information Technology Manager Glenn Gillis blogged about the importance of being outside and enjoying scenic places with his young son, Aiden.

For Earth Week, ELAW Donor Liaison Michele Kuhnle wrote about teaching the next generation to protect the planet as one of ELAW’s guiding principles.

Every year, new legal and science interns and volunteers who want to make a positive difference in the global community collaborate with ELAW and gain new skills.

Last week, ELAW Staff Scientist Mark Chernaik had the opportunity to share his passion for science while volunteering at a local middle school. He came back to the office after a day of explaining molecular biology to seventh graders with a smile and renewed appreciation for teachers.

Whether in a classroom, at an organization, or outside in the elements, there are lessons to be learned and appreciation to be had for this precious planet and the cultures it nourishes. The more experience and knowledge that can be openly shared, the closer we will be to a truly sustainable future.

Click here to see the “Central Dogma Song Sing along” video that Mark shared with young students to help emphasize the biology lesson.

Melanie Giangreco
Office Manager