Once I did the math, I felt disgust. Then I did some research. I discovered that some of the chemicals in the trays are known carcinogens and others have been linked to ADHD. When you put hot foods on styrofoam it causes these dangerous chemicals to leech into your food and then end up in your stomach. It made me horrified to consider eating mashed potatoes off those styrofoam trays.
When I moved to California after middle school, a family member had introduced me to Environmental Charter High School and I was very lucky to get accepted, but at first I was extremely hesitant. I didn’t want to be a tree hugger and I thought it would be a huge waste of time. I attended anyways and right away I knew this school would be my sanctuary. The curriculum demanded a lot from me and challenged me to work even harder. College was not a matter of if, but when and where.
My brother and I started our own nonprofit organization called One More Generation back in 2009 when we learned that so many animals were in danger of becoming extinct. Shortly after starting the organization, the BP Gulf oil spill happened so we decided to get involved and we collected badly needed animal rescue supplies for […]
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.
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.
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!
The Gorham High School Green Team got together on its usual Thursday afternoon. It was a gathering of friends, essentially; the president (writing) had wooed her friends into joining, but there was an underclassman joining us who was very welcome. Ms. President looked up from her laptop to address the friends in front of her, […]
It’s important to understand how the world is changing. Have programs like gardening and composting teaches kids at a young age the value of a healthy environment.