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July 31, 2007 > Fremont resident recruited for 'Change It'

Fremont resident recruited for 'Change It'

Submitted By Lacy LaBorde

There won't be push-ups, climbing walls or drill sergeants, but recruits like Wendy Lao of Fremont experienced a rigorous work-out from this year's Change It activist training in Washington D.C. July 20-26.

Lao is one of 200 college student leaders from the United States and Canada who participated in Change It, a grassroots activist training program designated to empower students to become the next generation of leaders for change in the environmental and social justice movement. According to Lao "I want to be a living role model of how to live a sustainable life. If I can inspire another individual to purchase eco-friendly products or convince a politician to adopt health laws, then we have done something good for our planet.

Now in its second year, the Change It program is led by the international environmental group Greenpeace and sponsored by Seventh Generation, one of the country's first self-declared "socially responsible" companies, best known for its leading brand of environmentally-friendly household products.

"Last year, we received an overwhelming response from students interested in learning how to be more effective change agents in the world, so we have decided to double the number of participants in 2007,: said Jeffrey Hollender, president and chief inspired protagonist of Seventh Generation. "We are honored and excited to have Wendy participating in this year's event. I know that when this year's participants return home, they will continue to ignite change in their community, and the world.

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