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!
If kids spend five days a week for eighteen years in a sustainable environment, not only will they emerge happier and healthier, but sustainability will become the norm because it is all they have ever known. It starts with education, and it starts with schools. That’s how you solve problems.
Students are not only our charges, but also huge reservoirs of largely untapped potential in terms of creativity, energy, and curiosity. Corralling these attributes and putting them to work in the realm of sustainability can lay the foundation for a future that is equitable, environmentally conscious, and economically stable.
I see our nation at a crossroads: we can continue with dirty oil and pollution, or we can find clean energy sources. I vote for clean energy! Otherwise, what will the future look like?