A photo of a woman lying on a blanket in the grass reading a book

“I got an idea for a children’s book.”

Marine conservationist Bonnie Lei knows firsthand how climate change affects people and communities. She decided to take that message directly to kids as a way to build empathy for others.

I remember wading through tidepools as a kid in Los Angeles. I was obsessed. I kept bugging my parents with questions they eventually couldn’t answer, so they enrolled me in an oceanography class at the local college when I was in seventh grade.

After college, I did field research in Myanmar, where my grandmother grew up. I saw kids playing in the ocean surrounded by plastic debris, and it hit me, how differently climate change affects people around the world. I got an idea for a children’s book to show kids what it’s like living where climate change is a daily reality.

The book, The Adventures of Tuya and Noyon, lets kids choose their own adventures to learn what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes. Maybe true empathy will motivate us to get out of this mess.—Bonnie Lei, from Walnut, California

A smiling woman sitting at a desk holding reading glasses and looking at a notebook

“I decided to trust my crazy idea.”

Rashelle Tanner has a well-worn journal with the words “Trust your crazy ideas” embossed on the cover. When a crazy idea came to her to make corporate training videos as good as any binge-worthy TV she’d seen, she opened her journal and got to work.
a woman looks up at a blue sky with green palm trees in the background

“It’s pretty cool not to feel like I’m just one voice.”

Clara Mansilha and a coworker started an environmental sustainability movement at their local office—inspiring other employees around the world. 
A man wearing an apron holds a pan of dough

“I teach my kids to cook to make sure they don’t forget where they come from.”

Joseph Sefair believes in “family first”—whether that’s his parents in Colombia, his children at home, or his team at work. Watch him make empanadas—prepared the Colombian way.
A mother and daughter hold hands by the river and smile

“Standing up for what’s right often isn’t comfortable.”

As an attorney, Makalika Naholowa’a says her law degree gives her a rare privilege, and she feels responsible to use it for good.