I'm so inspired by the bus tour that our partner organizations, Repower America and the Hip Hop Caucus, are kicking off on the East Coast. You can follow them throughout their journey, read more on their blog, and catch photos through flickr. Check out their awesome events if they're in a town near you!
Check out this video of an awesome Conservation Song written by high school student, Julie Blum! Read about how she started the Energy Conservation Program at her local elementary school, middle school, AND high school. Julie is a student at Westbrook High in Westbrook, CT.
Conservation Song by Julie Blum:
I just returned from The Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts. The students there are rockin' the Green Cup Challenge, doing some awesome projects. They have a garden, are composting, and are changing their eating habits to eat more local foods in the cafeteria. Their sustainability team is collecting plastic bottles thrown away to educate their peers about waste.
I just returned from an awesome trip to Maine where I met some incredible students!
The youth of Maine are awake to the risks of climate change and they are on the move: transforming their schools and deepening their understanding of the solutions to take on the next set of challenges!
Check out some of what students are doing:
--Students at Cheverus High School in Portland are thinking of ways to expand their Outing Club to include more environmental education and service projects. They're also starting a Green Team to do composting on campus.
ACE in LA has partnered with a super cool organization bent on improving our communities and planting lots of little carbon sinks throughout the city. LA Guerrilla Gardening will be running a seed bomb workshop during our March 6th student leader training so get your application in and let the fun begin!
We met Seth at X Games a few weeks ago and he definitely stood out as a great guy... so, we at ACE were PUMPED when we found out that he won another Olympic GOLD this year in Vancouver!
Check out his DOT - it's one of the best!
For two days, Darrell and I were practically Spalding High School Jaguars in Griffin, Georgia! We met students with cool monikers like Red and Black and I even got nicknamed Yellow because of my colorful scarf. But, Spalding was definitely Green!
ACE Southern California is hosting a student leader training March 6th with partners Greenpeace, the Sierra Student Coalition, LA Guerrilla Gardening and the Mary Pickford Institute - space is limited so apply soon!
....if I can share an idea that I’ve just come to realize, it’s this: businesses can be our allies in the fight against climate change – with the exception of perhaps the Chamber of Commerce and a few others. They’re influential, powerful, and self-interested. If we frame the conversation correctly, that what’s good for the planet (and human health) can be good for business, we’ll find some loud and powerful voices shouting on the behalf of fair, responsible, and just climate and environmental policy.
Make friends. Build consensus. Change the world.