Environmentalism should be present in all schools because not only am I more aware of problems in the world and my community, but I learn many valuable lessons like self-determination and responsibility, and it builds up my confidence. Without this curriculum, I would have not learned that I am passionate about caring for the environment or that I like to speak to people and hear different opinions
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.
I wanted to know what was being done to stop mercury pollution! I reached out to my local bay authorities, the NOAA, the USGS, and Save the Bay. All I got were a few “sure, yeah mercury… problems…” and “don’t worry about it kid.” It wasn’t a very satisfying answer and it wasn’t encouraging either
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.
HE UNITED STATES MAY BE THE LAND OF PLENTY, but in many parts of the country–particularly the low-income neighborhoods–fresh fruits and vegetables are hard-to-find luxury items. Grocery chains resist opening stores where sales of high-markup gourmet products can’t be guaranteed, and they often close existing supermarkets in poor areas. For residents of these neighborhoods, the […]
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.”
When I became a leader in Earth Club, I felt a desperate desire, not to change, but enlighten my peers about what’s happening all around us and what our futures look like because of it. I wanted to teach them that they have an impact on their environment, and that they can change it for the better. How amazing would it be if this generation was responsible for saving the world?
In the past year, I have gone from being the inspired young woman in the Bioneers Conference audience to one of action and continued fascination, working to inspire others.
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.
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.