Living in the Methow Valley where wildfires have become more common, Liberty Bell Jr. Sr. High School seniors Icel Sukovaty and Sally Thornton-White have directly felt the effects of climate change. Thornton-White says that being ready to evacuate has become normalized for her life and it is a big part of what motivates her activism. Sukovaty says her life-long friend's passion for fighting climate change has helped motivate her too. “We lived with fires and flooding and things that have been ravaging our homes and we’ve gotten used to this,” Sukovaty says. Sukovaty grew up on her family's farm. When the family has been under level three evacuations during wildfires, her family has always chosen to stay on their farm with their animals. “It was something we were defending, we needed to take care of our land," Sukovaty says. "It’s my childhood home, it's everything I’ve ever known.” Thornton-White says since growing up in the Methow Valley, she has seen a decrease in fish population, a melting snowpack, and plastic in remote parts of the mountains. "This is a place I love and want to come back and raise my kids and with the rate of climate change, that might not be possible," she says. Both girls are on Liberty Bell Jr. Sr. High School’s track team. During wildfires the smoke has gotten so bad that the athletes can't use the school's track, let alone be outside at all, so they have relied on a community gym to let them use their stationary exercise bikes to train. On March 11 as a part of her senior project, Thornton-White organized a group of 11 students, including Sukovaty, to visit Olympia to talk to their state representatives about how their community is being impacted by climate change. The group provided personal testimony and advocated for five different pieces of legislation. Thornton-White said she remembers a lot of the media attention being on how bad the air quality was in Seattle last year, but she says that for residents in the Methow Valley, it was much worse. "It was the worst air quality in the country," she says.