ESSAY PROMPT: Think back on or ask family and friends about some of the environmental milestones that have affected the Gulf Coast. Pick a specific event; it could have been 5, 10, 20, 30, maybe even 50 years ago! What role, if any, did we as people play in helping create the milestone? What changes for good or for worse occurred within our community because of that historic event? How can you as a student continue learning about our coastal environment and take action to protect it today and in the future?