Students pledge earth friendliness
Some pledged to recycle, others pledged to conserve water, and on Friday at Glenshire Elementary, hundreds of students made a promise to be kinder to their environment.
As part of a larger community effort, the Truckee Climate Action Network is calling on adults and children alike to create pledge flags (think Nepalese prayer flags) as an outward statement of their commitment to stop global warming.
Glenshire students created more than 200 flags, and hundreds more are expected from children at other schools in Truckee and on the North Shore within the next few weeks.
“I pledge to save more tress by recycling paper at home at school,” said Glenshire fifth-grader Bryson Olson. “It’s easier to breathe with more trees and they’re pretty. I’m going to recycle by having a recycle bin at my house ” but sometimes I forget.”
And fifth-grader Sarah Cavanaugh, took a more challenging pledge.
“I pledge not to take airplanes as much to stop global warming,” she said. “Cars just put pollution into the ground, but planes are in the air and go everywhere.”
Hundreds, perhaps thousands more flags will be created at a number of upcoming environmental events, including Earth Day and Step it Up in April, and the annual Youth Symposium in May.
The Youth Symposium is a day-long event, hosted by the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships and the Truckee Tahoe regional Education Coalition, that exposes students to alternative energy options, environmental issues and interactive presentations.
Step it Up is a nationwide rally that some Truckee resident will participate in locally to promote cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
“We will be making the pledge flags at every event through the summer, and then hopefully the town will let us hang them up downtown,” said Carolyn Hamilton of the Action Network. “This all feels incredibly grassroots ” cutting fabric flags on the floor with a glass of wine. But now, looking at the children’s work, it’s so powerful and so compelling.”
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