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.
Looking around me, I knew my experience had gone far beyond academics. These were my people, their faces cast with darkness and firelight. On one hand, we all shared the same passions and interests. On the other, each individual was incredibly knowledgeable in a specific field that was important to them. They had fears but not cynicism; they were realistic but not hopeless. They were confident that we were the generation that was going to change the world, and when that type of energy is present, it’s easy to believe that we are.
The Superintendent’s announcement today about the Blueprint for Environmental Literacy is exciting! This plan means that students all across California will have access to the kind of learning that I have experienced through the Green Academy. The service learning and outdoor education opportunities included in the curriculum here are some of my favorite parts of being in Green Academy.
Our generation is the one that will be feeling the most adverse effects of climate change, and unlike so many others, we won’t stand for anything less than change.
I woke up Monday morning earlier than usual. I didn’t need an alarm clock because I’d woken several times during the night and was feeling quite restless. It felt almost like the first day of school, a day of anxiety and excitement. Was I prepared enough? What would the students think about my lessons? Thankfully […]
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, renowned the world over as the technological innovation hub that brought the world the personal computer and household names such as Apple, Facebook, and Google. In this high tech Mecca, where we connect by text, tweet, pin and post, I have found that it is far too easy to lose our most basic connection–our connection to the natural world around us.
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.
I am writing about Green Schools environmental organization, of which I have been a part of since 7th grade. Now a senior in high school, I have grown up with this organization. Green Schools has really impacted my life—I knew I loved environmentalism and science as a 7th grader—but Green Schools taught me the true […]
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.
At the 2014 GSNN Conference I learned how to lead peers who didn’t care about the environment to see the light of protecting our world! I learned how to establish corporate, and organizational connections with companies and groups dedicated to helping our world, and best of all, I met eco-minded peers who had done what I couldn’t do at my school, and were willing to share their tips!