The Casper Star-Tribune partnered with the Solutions Journalism Network to ask young people about their vision for Wyoming's future. Here are their answers.
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In this moment of reckoning for the state, I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s time to pause and hear what the young people of our state want and need.
Wyoming is at an economic crossroads as its bedrock industry falters. Given that reality, the Star-Tribune asked young people what they want their state's future to look like.
The Star-Tribune interviewed Chase Owen Galley to learn what he thinks the state should do to help communities in southwest Wyoming.
"Students right now are the future of the state and because of these specific reasons, budget cuts are detrimental to a child's learning; good education is the foundation that students up for the rest of their lives," Kaitlan Hinton says.
"Wyoming, having historically relied on fossil fuels, can greatly benefit from hydroponics," Mindy Songer says. "Not only would this farming method secure jobs and support local business, at the very least it would secure a future with less pollution and waste."
"Attracting new industry to the state is also pivotal in retaining the state’s younger workforce. Right now, Wyoming’s only public, four-year university, gives students a fantastic and broad education, only to watch them move out of state due to lack of jobs and using their education to benefit other communities," Sarah Marie Buckhold says.
"As a young Wyomingite, I want to live in a state that listens to science and will face the problem of climate change head-on," Arundathi Nair says.
"As a third generation Wyomingite, I want the best for our state. I want to see my loved ones employed and our communities booming. Simultaneously, I want my children to grow up on a planet with oceans they can swim in and clean air they can breathe," Rachelle Trujillo says.
"Deciding to stay here has had me thinking about what Wyoming will be like in the future with the way we are digging up coal, oil, gas, and fossil fuels," Amber Rouse says.