It is painful even to report on this young student's death. In Paris on an educational exchange, already an innovator and bringing to market ideas to lead us to a brighter, cleaner future, Nohemi, like many others, died on this horrible night in Paris. Our prayers will forever be with Nohemi and her family.
How can we build a sustainable world with no regard for human life? Can we care about a planet and not the people living here? With the death of our soul, what else is left of life?
Some days it feels as though we are losing this battle. Today is one of those days.
God Bless You and keep you safe.
Photo Credit: Maya-Ana's Yatagh ne, Location: de la R'publique -
ReNewable Now describes the essence of sustainability originating from within the heart and soul of each of us, from how we treat ourselves to how we treat others around us, and how we treat our environment. From within our hearts, we are now feeling for all suffering in Paris.
Last week's tragedy in Paris is almost indescribable. For a city known for lovers and artists, this act of violence upon innocence is the reflection of cowardly evil that cannot go unchecked. ReNewable Now tries to report on positive stories, but for us not to comment on what we observed and have felt over the last few days would be doing a disservice to our audience- those who lost their lives and their families, and the people of France.
This tragedy also has a very personal connection for those of us in the world of sustainability, and that was the loss of a rising star within our ranks, Nohemi Gonzalez. Nohemi Gonzalez, a 23-year-old design student at Cal State Long Beach, was part of an international exchange program at the Strate School of Design. Gonzalez had been part of a team that recently won second place in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge for inventing a biodegradable snack pack that can sprout plants. Polli Snack, as it was known, was described as “A 100% biodegradable snack pack filled with nuts and dried fruits. It comes with dehydrated expandable soil and seeds so the user can cultivate a plant after being done with the snack. The packaging is expandable, allowing room for the soil to expand. For every Polli Snak sold at grocery or convenient stores, another pack is donated to a local community in need.”
Beyond her abilities in sustainable design Nohemi was also a “giver.” She tutored students in Cal State Long Beach’s Department of Design and was known as friendly and helpful to faculty. “We relied on her,” said the department’s chairman Martin Herman. “She had an indescribably sweet spirit and imagination. It’s unbelievable that this could have happened.”
Renewable Now dedicates this weeks newsletter in memory of Nohemi Gonzalez, and all those who lost their lives in Paris, along with their families and friends. Our thoughts, and prayers are with you, and we know that Paris with once again be La Ville Lumière, “The City of Light.”