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Katie Russell had an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Photo provided.

As a George Mason University student majoring in environmental and sustainability studies, Katie Russell is acutely aware of the environmental challenges facing the world.

But Russell is not one to accept the status quo.

“It’s all the more reason to act, to do what you can, to do your part,” she said when asked about global climate change, sea level rise and the threat to species. “For me, for the future, it means there’s going to be lots of work to try to fix some of the problems we’re facing.”

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