Maya K. van Rossum: Delaware Riverkeeper

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What advice would you have for young people who are concerned about the future of our environment and want to take up this cause? The advice I give to every young person is to stay true to yourself—to your beliefs and goals—and don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. When I was about to graduate law school, I watched so many of my classmates who professed their passion for the environment immediately sell out and start working for firms that defended polluters. They justified this by saying that they were going to go make money for the next five years, pay off their school loans, and then come back to fight for the earth.