some thoughts on the new year

So…2020’s over (finally). Despite the craziness of the past 365 days, I’m so grateful I launched my dream platform last year. I built a team, website, and Instagram, and spent hours researching and creating captions, graphics, and blog posts.

I want 2021 to be a year of creativity and growth for me and Protecting Planet A. Although it’s full of uncertainty, I also think it’s full of hope! I’ve noticed how eager people are to leave 2020 behind, but also keeping their expectations low for the new year. The problems brought to the forefront in 2020 haven’t gone away overnight, but 2021 provides a “fresh start”, and signifies to many the closing of a hectic and unprecedented chapter.

2021 has to be a year of climate action, because we are running out of time to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming. I would love to aid Gen Z’s mobilization this year toward demanding climate prioritization in government.

For me, 2021 is going to include a lot of grinding to meet my goals. I want Protecting Planet A to expand to other platforms. I also have pageants, college visits, and environmental advocacy to do!

Usually around this time people say something like “cheers to making this year the best year yet!” But I doubt expectations are that high. So “cheers to making 2021 better than 2020, and a year of gratitude, hope, and faith!”


Start Here if You’re New

My name is Hannah Etienne, and I’m a junior in high school who created Protecting Planet A. It started as an environmental pageant platform, then an Instagram account, then a Girl Scout Gold Award project, then a website, and now it is all four of those things.

I’ve always had a passion for protecting the environment, so I took AP Environmental Science my sophomore year of high school. I felt that so much of the material in the class should really be common knowledge. I can’t stress enough how important I believe it is for people to be educated about the Earth that they live on and the climate crisis.

Not only that, but it’s important for people to understand that environmentalists aren’t people that just care about trees and turtles. The health of our planet and the health of humanity is so interconnected, which is why I’m striving to keep Protecting Planet A intersectional.

I don’t know everything about environmental science, or environmental policies, or climate change. I strive for progress not perfection. But if there’s any chance you’re willing to learn with me, and help Protecting Planet A become an organization that can truly make a difference, please consider following the Instagram and subscribing to the blog. I’m launching a social media campaign on Instagram for my Gold Award that will hopefully be super educational but also super interesting (not that those two things don’t go together…) and I’m going to keep the captions as short as I can, don’t worry ๐Ÿ™‚ I want people to easily digest and remember the information, so that they can apply it to their everyday lives.

A major part of protecting the environment is going to have to come from policy. Large corporations and governments with lots of money and influence are going to have to start prioritizing clean energy for us to really stand a chance against global warming.

But I know this can be intimidating, and I don’t want people to forget about the problem just because they feel like they can’t do anything to help. You can find actionable steps you can personally take to help the Earth on the Protecting Planet A Instagram, and on this website.

That’s all for now (thanks for reading all the way down to here!) and if you gave me a follow @protectingplaneta or @hannahetienne_, just know that I really appreciate it.