2024 Earth Day Event

On April 21st, in BEE’s latest event on Earth Day, we spoke
with many people to get their viewpoints and ideas on how to make
the earth a better place.


The first person we interviewed, Zara, expressed her concerns
on climate change. Zara also volunteers in a local garden, playing her
role in making the earth a bit greener.


The second person we interviewed, Ralph, mentioned an
article that he had recently read about another pressing concern,
recycling. He discussed with us about how not a lot of the trash that
goes into the recycling bins actually gets recycled, and believes that
the world would be much better if we strengthen the integrity of the
recycling systems.


The last person we interviewed was Aaron, a younger kid, who
still gave great insight into the topic nonetheless. He talked about
how planting trees can help get rid of the carbon dioxide in the air
and that it helps balance the oxygen cycle.


Overall, the events here at BEE are always fun to host and fun
to attend, and we are looking forward to next year!

The Butterfly Flower: An Artist’s Representation of Nature’s Interconnectedness

Author: Aldo Lima (First place)


Nature is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists, who seek to capture

its beauty and complexity in various forms of expression. In particular, the idea

of a flower made up of butterflies evokes a captivating and unique image.

This essay explores the artistic representation of a flower made of butterflies

and how this image conveys a message about the interconnectedness of living

things and the diversity of nature.


The image of a flower made up of butterflies blends natural elements into a

visually striking composition. Symbols of transformation and beauty,

butterflies come together to bring to life the distinctive shape of a flower. This

artistic collage can be created by using cut out images of butterflies of

different species and colors, and assembling them to form the petals and

center of the flower.

In this representation, each individual butterfly becomes an essential

component of the larger flower. Each brings its own uniqueness and beauty,

but also joins with the others to form a cohesive structure. This symbolizes the

interconnectedness and mutual dependence between living things in nature.

Just as a flower depends on multiple elements to flourish, our very existence is

intertwined with the rest of the natural world. The butterfly flower image also

highlights the diversity and abundance of nature. By using butterflies of

different species and colors, the variety of life forms that coexist on our planet

is celebrated. Each butterfly represents a unique story and contributes to the

richness and balance of the ecosystem as a whole.

The image reminds us of the importance of valuing and protecting this

diversity, as each living thing plays a vital role in the interconnected fabric of

life. In addition, the representation of a butterfly flower invites us to reflect on

the transience and ephemerality of nature. Butterflies, symbols of transience

and transformation, give rise to the ephemeral creation of this flower.

This image evokes a sense of fleeting beauty and reminds us of the

importance of appreciating and protecting the moments of splendor that

nature offers us.


The artistic representation of a flower made of butterflies is a powerful image

that invites us to reflect on the interconnectedness, diversity and transience of

nature. This image reminds us of the importance of appreciating and

protecting the beauty and fragility of our natural environment. Contemplating

this flower of butterflies, we are immersed in the wonder of life and inspired to

preserve and value the interdependence that sustains our world.

The Children

Author: Evelyn Lee (Second place)

In a world plagued by the omnipresent consequences of climate change, it’s incredibly crucial

that we shine a light on the most vulnerable victims: the children. The future generation, despite

having no fault when it comes to the issue of climate change, bears the brunt of environmental

degradation, particularly in developing countries, where their futures are compromised by

polluted environments and the lack of basic necessities. As someone concerned about the

pressing issue of climate change, I chose to use BlueWillow to create a portrait of a boy

standing in the middle of a river, with an almost apocalyptic environment serving as the

backdrop. My entry aims to raise awareness about the profound impact of climate change on

children and the subsequent loss of potential and innovation that the world suffers as a result.

In many developing nations, children endure the harshest consequences of climate change.

They face the horrifying reality of being unable to access clean food and water, leading to

malnutrition and various health complications. For instance, many illnesses that

disproportionately impact children such as cholera, polio, diphtheria, and malaria can all be

exacerbated by the effects of climate change. These vulnerable young individuals often bear the

responsibility of supporting their families– thus they’re forced to forgo education and valuable

opportunities to make ends meet. Instead of practicing math or science in a classroom, these

children are forced to work long hours to help their families make a living. This is especially

prevalent in agricultural communities, where climate change can drastically alter the crop yield

that a household might produce, and as a result, can create an even heavier burden on the

children. This unfortunate cycle perpetuates the loss of potential and stifles the emergence of

future innovators who could contribute to solving the global climate crisis. Because of climate

change, millions of children across the world are robbed of their education. And because these

children aren’t being educated and introduced to the workforce, there won’t be enough

researchers, scientists, and entrepreneurs to help solve climate change in the future.

By utilizing BlueWillow, I prompted it to create a visually striking depiction of a child amidst a

heavily polluted and dilapidated environment. The hyper-realistic nature of the artwork serves as

a jarring reminder of the harsh realities faced by children affected by climate change, helping the

onlookers realize the magnitude of the global crisis we’re in. The child is facing away from the

onlooker to both convey a sense of loneliness and despair, but to also present the child as the

main focal point– which should be the case when discussing the horrible impacts of climate

change. It also adds an air of mystery, prompting the onlooker to wonder about the child’s

hopes, dreams, and goals in life, and how it might’ve been impacted– or even destroyed– by

climate change. In the background, I decided to add signs of climate change such as chopped

down trees and clouds of smog. However, I tried to make the river a secondary focal point as

well– although it was once full, unpolluted, and life-sustaining, it’s now a dried up husk of what it

once was (with trash and rotting wood lining the riverbed as well). Through the medium of art, I

hope to spark a profound emotional response, stirring the hearts and minds of viewers, and

inspiring them to take action.

The most devastating aspect of the vicious cycle caused by climate change is the loss of

potential. By depriving children of clean environments, education, and basic necessities, we

stifle their ability to realize their full potential. These children are the untapped wellspring of

creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills that could significantly help address climate

change. By highlighting this loss through art, it emphasizes the urgent need to protect and

nurture the potential of every child, ensuring that they have the opportunity to flourish and

become the change-makers our world desperately needs.

This piece can help shed light on the devastating effects of climate change on children across

the world– especially in developing countries where the impact of climate-related disasters hits

the hardest. By utilizing BlueWillow, an AI art generator, to create a hyper-realistic picture, I

hope to evoke empathy, raise awareness, and inspire action.

Once Upon a Time

Author Michelle Hom (Third place)

Once Upon a Time captures a young girl Nova’s first time at the ocean, but in a

future where plastic covers every inch of land. Before the oceanic visit, she had only heard about the

beach from her parents’ childhood experiences and online websites. To her disappointment, there is no

sand in sight to build sandcastles or crystal-clear water to swim in. Nova looks in the distance at the sun

setting, dreaming of a future that is plastic-free. For her, white sandy beaches and sapphire blue oceans

are only found in stories that start with “once upon a time.” While Nova can only dream of a plastic-free

future, people today can make that wish true for future generations.

My idea started with the Mirror of Erised from Harry Potter, a mirror that reflects the user’s

deepest desires. Here, Nova’s deepest desire would be a plastic-free future that is in the distance. In the

artwork, her present is black and white, while the “reflection” is a colorful sunset that symbolizes her


Using contrasting colors and tones, I capture Nova’s feeling of disappointment and sadness

through the black and white color palette. In addition, the lack of color represents the lack of life in

Nova’s future, as the world’s natural wonders have become degraded by plastic litter. Then, the colorful

sunset and ocean symbolize the hope for a better future. Plus, the innocence of her age brings about the

truth of how she did nothing wrong to deserve this bleak future, and yet she must live in that world.