Sometimes it’s easy to let the negativity of the 24-hour news cycle drag us down; one of the purposes of this blog is to provide our readers with a buoy. It’s true that bad, sad and infuriating things are happening. But good, glorious and inspiring things are happening, too.
It’s in this spirit that we share with you a few stories about the next generation taking our planet’s future into their own hands.
Postcards From The Edge
Kids from around the world created more than 125,000 postcards bearing messages about climate change. They shipped them off to the Swiss Alps, where organizers placed them on the endangered (read: melting) Aletsch glacier to form a giant postcard with an equally giant message: Save the planet. “They are asking us and their leaders to take action to preserve the planet Earth for them to have a future on it,” Oceane Dayer, founder of Swiss Youth for Climate, told The Associated Press. Read more about the project here.
Who Run The World – Part I
A Girl Scout troop in Narberth, Pennsylvania, was instrumental in the passing of the restricting disposable plastics such as shopping bags and plastic straws. What began as a merit badge project focused on protecting waterways (by refusing plastic straws) turned into a movement once civic leaders got wind of what the girls were doing. The law that sprang from their discussions mandates a 10-cent fee for plastic shopping bags and only allows plastic straws when requested by customers with disabilities. Read more about the troop on Green Matters’ website.
Who Run The World – Part II
A girls-only STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) club in Illinois has organized an expo “focused on how alternative energy companies would handle situations created by natural disasters,” according to the Belleville News-Democrat. Club member Elise Laros, a sophomore, told the paper she hopes the expo, which will feature several local businesses, will help educate her community about renewable energy: “I’m big on saving the environment and renewable energy is the perfect way to do that.” Read more about the club and its event here.
Solar Power To The People
Meanwhile, environmentally minded students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have formed their own solar energy club. “The main emphasis of our club right now is to provide solar solutions to problems on campus,” member Daniel Corteville told the school’s paper, The Retriever. Its current project: creating a solar-powered garden watering system, in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Read more about the club here.