Photo courtesy of Sophia Zummo
Sophia Zummo has a love for all of the things that God created.
Zummo, a junior biology major with a sustainability minor, grew up in San Diego with a passion for nature and community. This has grown into a deep devotion for fighting climate change in developing countries.
“The first lesson my dad taught me was what it is to be a steward of God’s creation,” Zummo said.
For Zummo, being a steward is more than just caring about the environment — it is loving all of creation, including people.
In high school, she was involved with mission work where she saw the needs of developing countries. One place that really impacted her was Uganda. She said there had been a severe drought causing crops to not grow. Because of this, the entire community suffered; there was no food to eat or sell.
“Places that I have grown to love … are the ones that are suffering the most,” Zummo said.
To help solve problems like this, Zummo said she hopes to one day start her own nonprofit organization where she can help these countries implement sustainable programs. She said the bigger the impacts of climate change, the more the developing countries are going to struggle.
“It would be really cool to take that and be able to take my vocation of helping others and my faith and connect them together,” Zummo said.
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