Palmer Trinity student takes on sea level rise



Palmer Trinity School (PTS) student Delaney Reynolds recently presented a lecture on sea level rise and global warming titled “Sink or Swim” to students enrolled in Breakthrough Miami, an enrichment program that provides motivated middle school students from underserved communities with the tools they need to achieve their goals in life.

The event was filmed by National Geographic as part of its Emmy Award-winning show Years of Living Dangerously and will air on television later this year.

“We are so proud of Delaney and her hard work in not only shining a light on the environment, but mentoring younger students and informing them about this important topic,” stated Patrick Roberts, head of school at Palmer Trinity.

In addition, the public charity CAVU, in collaboration with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, contacted Delaney to be a part of its documentary Ahead of the Tide. Dr. Phillip K. Stoddard, mayor of the City of South Miami and professor at Florida International University as well as an outspoken local voice on sustainability, suggested that the crew meet Delaney to gain a young person’s perspective on global warming and sea rise. The interview took place at Palmer’s Coral Lab on campus. Ahead of the Tide will be airing shortly on Public Television and Delaney can be seen in the documentary’s trailer found on

She also was to present “The Sink or Swim Project” at TEDx Youth@Miami on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

Delaney took part in Palmer Trinity’s first Academy of Agents of Change which seeks to empower idealistic young people with the necessary skills and experiences to design, launch, and run their own ventures for social change and environmental innovation.

For more information on global warming, sea level rise, and Delaney’s efforts in bringing attention to environmental changes shaping South Florida’s coastal communities, visit her website

“We do not know where all of this will lead, but we are certain that the incredible opportunities afforded by Palmer Trinity will allow students to forge their own paths as they seek to impact the world, even at a young age,” said Delaney’s father, Robert D. Reynolds. “For that we say ‘thank you.’”

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