Avalon High School student, Arlene Cazares Garcia, was surprised last month with a $50,000 STEM scholarship from Edison International. Each year, only 30 high school students from Southern California are selected for scholarships by the Edison program. Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison and one of the largest corporate philanthropic companies.
Climate change was not on the minds of the people of Central America 25 years ago. But they already suffered from this as well as from environmental damage. Most water sources were contaminated because of mining or petrochemicals. The rural population–35% of the total– lacks access to clean water. Many rivers dried up due to deforestation and land overuse.
And with each hurricane, earthquake, or war, the numbers of immigrants to the United States increased. More than 25% of them settled in California, especially in Los Angeles County.