Alameda actress and environmentalist Jessica Robinson — who made the short film “Recycle Woman” — recently joined Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps in hopes of expanding her knowledge of climate change.
How does it feel to work closely with the former vice president? I feel incredibly honored and grateful that I was selected to be a part of the climate leaders corps. I have been following V.P. Al Gore’s work and … this opportunity to join his team is like a dream come true.
How did you come up with the Recycle Woman character? Recycle Woman came from a concept that I created as a form of entertainment to draw people towards my platform and my work as Miss Alameda. I realized that there were many people who were confused about recycling and did not fully understand composting and why it is so important in helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
What do you plan to get out of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps? I plan to absorb all that I can during this training and help empower and educate as many people and communities as I possibly can about climate change and how we can solve it.
How do you feel when you see someone harm the environment, such as littering? People do not realize that when they litter … it ends up in the ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was created by littering — as a matter of fact, around 80 percent of plastic gyres created all around the world are created by littering. The fact is we as a people have the power to change this, because we are the ones who created it.