Photo courtesy of Lexi Scanlon
Senior Lexi Scanlon is passionate about the way humans connect with the environment.
Scanlon, a double major in political science and sociology with a minor in sustainability, grew up in Bakersfield, California. Scanlon said she was not always fond of her town’s agricultural focus but grew to love it.
In summer 2020, Scanlon worked on a small sustainable farm in her hometown, where she saw how agriculture could be more environmentally friendly. The model of the farm is an edible schoolyard. She spent most of the time planting and harvesting seasonal crops, using sustainable methods.
“It was a really great way to actually learn some of the science behind farming and to understand the hard work that goes behind farming sustainably,” Scanlon said.
Scanlon is a member of the Young Evangelicals For Climate Action. The organization requires her to work on a project she can implement in the future. She wants to create a mini magazine for Pepperdine students that would inform students about where Pepperdine is environmentally and include topics relating to students’ interests, like surf patterns.
“I would really like to give back to where I have gotten my education,” Scanlon said.
Down the road, Scanlon said she hopes to implement mandatory climate change and environmental courses on college campuses — perhaps her own — to further educate the future leaders of America.
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