My name is Max and I am a graduating senior at Franklin & Marshall College pursuing a degree in Government and Environmental Studies with a minor in Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Culture. I was born and raised in New York City (Manhattan and Queens).
For the last two years I have lived in southeastern Pennsylvania in Lancaster county, where a combination of factors including geographical location, the county's robust agricultural sector and persistent extractive energy usage have led to the decay of environmental and human health. The cascading public policy, social justice components and ecological challenges in the area inspired me to create a platform called The Greenzine for youth activists, entrepreneurs, researchers, creatives and full-time students to engage in multimedia, interdisciplinary and intersectional storytelling on underreported content. We have published twenty newsletter and four dozen forms of content (articles, essays, reports, podcasts, poetry, panels, etc.) since September of 2020. Interested in participating? Fill out this Google Form!!!
I have also been involved with local environmental politics as social media coordinator for the local Citizens' Climate Lobby chapter, an organization that provides resources and workshops to enable local communities to engage in politics, reach out to their elected officials and become agents of change. I organized GOTV campaigns between CCL Lancaster, Environmental Voter Project, and Postcards to Swing States in order to reach out to first-time voters ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election to register to vote for climate action. I have engaged in interdisciplinary research as a research assistant for the Environmental Migration Lab and a research assistant for the Earth and Natural Environment Department's Sustainable Food Systems Working Group with Dr. Eve Bratman and Professor Patrick Fleming.
After college, I wish to specialize in environmental ethics, regenerative agriculture, and political ecology as a means to measure biodiversity while improving quality of life for those that will face the brunt of the climate crisis I want to work with an institutional or intergovernmental organization that promotes food sovereignty and environmental justice.