Meet Will Callaway, Earth Day Network’s Virginia Campaign Manager. Will has dedicated his career to environmental conservation and public health, working in the U.S. Senate, for nonprofits, and as the director of the Tennessee Environmental Council. A Virginia native, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and is currently located in Charlottesville, Virginia.
At Earth Day Network, Earth Day is every day. Tell us what you’re most proud of doing — personally or professionally, big or small — to be earth-friendly or fight for the environment.
I’m most proud that I have driven successful efforts to protect local, state, and national parks. I know that those efforts have conserved, and in some cases added land that will be available for future generations to use and enjoy.
What or who motivates you?
I have been working on environmental protection for more than 20 years — motivated by my youth spent in the mountains and streams of East Tennessee. I have seen conservation successes and failures but remain optimistic that we can achieve more of the former. Environmental education is key to those achievements.
What’s one simple act of green or earth-friendly resolution you wish everyone would take?
Reduce, reuse, recycle. We can reduce waste significantly by purchasing and consuming less plastic. Alternatively, for those items we do acquire, we must reuse or recycle them.
What do like to do on Earth Day each year?
Last year I took a group on a wildflower walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This year I plan to participate in a community clean up, something I’ve done in previous years.
What gives you hope for the future?
When we acknowledge environmental threats, we can address them effectively. Humans cause most of these problems, so it is incumbent upon us to devise solutions. I hope that realization is occurring now with respect to climate change. It is the challenge of this generation, and the transition to clean energy needs to advance rapidly.