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Time Cover Person of the Year - Greta Thunberg
Christine Bouma

The cover of 2019 Time’s Person of the Year features a young teenage girl, with a subtitle “The Power of Youth.” Greta Thunberg, whose personal commitment to halt climate change, began a mass movement and is an inspiration to millions. She is like no other climate action leader before, dedicating her life to her cause when she was only 11.

In many ways, the task at hand feels overwhelming. The more we learn, the more desperately we want to help solve the problems surrounding climate change...

The cover of 2019 Time’s Person of the Year features a young teenage girl, with a subtitle “The Power of Youth.” Greta Thunberg, whose personal commitment to halt climate change, began a mass movement and is an inspiration to millions. She is like no other climate action leader before, dedicating her life to her cause when she was only 11.

In many ways, the task at hand feels overwhelming. The more we learn, the more desperately we want to help solve the problems surrounding climate change.

In the spirit of the tradition of “highlighting” helpful actions of others at assembly, here’s a shout out to the students, parents, and Staffulty who do big and small things to make a difference:
 

  • A growing Green Committee, including parents and Staffulty, meet to brainstorm and plan ways to reduce our carbon footprint, create sustainability, and make changes that will impact the future.
  • A student version Green Team meets with the committee weekly in Crane’s garden.
  • Sixth grade Compost Heroes and our garden coordinator turn hot lunch plates and waste into rich soil, cutting down on greenhouse gases.
  • Fifth grade recyclers pluck up blue bins from classrooms weekly, reducing material in our landfills.
  • Thanks in large part to a persuasive student, Crane has omitted plastic utensils from hot lunches.
  • To conserve water, a dishwasher was installed to sanitize metal forks and spoons.
  • Bike, Carpool, or Walk To School Day had 150 student participants this year, 80 of whom biked to school, lowering each person’s carbon footprint.
  • A bike repair station and expanded racks were installed to accommodate an increase in bicycle commuters. 
  • “Film and Food in the Garden” features environmentally-themed films in a cozy, potluck setting.
  • Second grade scientists collaborate with seventh grade artists to upcycle single-use plastic bags into “plarn” to donate to charities.
  • Community Build Days added several fruit-producing trees and will add a Monarch butterfly migration station using native milkweed.
  • In the future, Crane hopes to install solar panels- a big step in modeling sustainability. 

 
Leaders come in many forms: Greta who persuades world leaders to act, a boy who composts meal scraps in his backyard. There is much work to do, but it comforts me to know there is a role each one of us can play, big or small, in rescuing our ailing planet.

Christina Bouma
Lower School Science Teacher

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