The candygram tradition at my school is beloved by many and raises money for the Senate every year. However, it produces an enormous amount of waste. Each candygram comes with a plastic bag, five or so pieces of individually wrapped candies, and a note printed on paper. Every year, the school is littered with notes, wrappers, and plastic bags by the end of Valentine’s Day. Not to mention, wilted and forgotten roses.
I enjoyed cleaning you. I feel sorry for you, just saying. You must feel really sad because your water has trash in it, which chokes underwater animals like seals and fish.”
I’m so proud of all my achievements of helping my school become green.
My community service reminded me of the amount of resources we are wasting. Being a part of my community, on planet Earth, and the universe, it is my responsibility to protect the environment from being destroyed completely by mankind’s ignorance.
When my teacher Eric Magers first told me that we would be wearing the trash we produced during the height of prom-asking season, I was more than dubious. What would this program do for us other than ruin our social standings and personal hygiene? After one day, however, I realized that this program was my most important environmental endeavor yet.
The Green Schools National Network Conference truly gave me a better understanding about the ways in which the human race can affect our Mother Earth and how we have the ability to bring relief to the planet. I felt a strong connection with the information and life stories which were being shared, where I truly felt as if I had found my calling in life, to spread awareness of the everlasting damage we are causing to our water sources, climate, forests— ourselves.
Through education, organizations like the Alliance for Climate Education are effectively combating the greatest enemy to solving the climate crisis: ignorance. And once we are armed with knowledge, young people have the passion, the energy, and the power to shape our future.
The entire program was written to empower the students with knowledge on the issue that their parents don’t have. This allows the students to become the teacher, which allows them to see they too can affect change at an early age. It also ensures more buy-in from the parents who will always listen to their children on an issue over a stranger coming in their school.
This video appears on the front page of the Kid by Nature website and really captures what the project is all about. Enjoy!
“We’re constructing art projects using old plastic toys that we don’t want to just throw into any landfill. We want to reuse them. I brought in a ton of toys that I didn’t want anymore. It feels really good to do this when you know each toy you put on [the art project] could be saving a bird’s life.” — Jackson, 4th grader