Science Club Advisor Margie Gifford said students were “astounded” to learn there were simple things that everyone can do to stop global warming. “They wondered why we don’t hear more about what individuals could do, and why no one was out there letting people know about these simple things we can all do that collectively could affect this environmental crisis,” she said.
Gifford noted that the students had heard of global warming, but none of them were aware of things they could do to help stop it or that “although the U.S. has only 5 percent of world population, we use 25 percent of the world’s power,” much of which is wasted.
One of the students said, “‘Somebody should be telling people,’” Gifford noted, and a discussion began about how the students could be that “somebody” who tells people how to work together to fix the problem.
With that, the Science Club students decided to write a book and find donations for the money to get it printed to give to every student at CHUE, and that way every family represented at the school “would know how easy it is for them to help stop global warming.” The book is called Simple Things Anyone Can Do to Help Stop Global Warming.
Gifford said it was discussed that the rest of the community needed to know these things, too.
“I told them about Earth Day – how it started back in the ’70s and how lots of communities hold Earth Day celebrations each year to educate people on how to more environmentally responsible. They had also never heard of Earth Day,” she said, adding the students took a vote and decided to hold their event on Earth Day this month.
The students decided that more families would come to the event if there was something fun for children to do so they have put together some “environmental challenges” where families can compete against each other and win a piece of candy. The idea, she said, was make people realize how easy these things are to do, such as recycling, changing to compact fluorescent light bulbs, putting water savers on faucets and more.
The 18 Science Club members, all girls, spent several weeks researching global warming and one group has taken the research and written a book of “simple things anyone can do to help stop global warming.” Gifford said although it appeared that the students will not get enough in donations to print enough copies to give to the entire school, they will be able to print a few hundred copies and them available at the event.
Gifford said the only part of CHUE’s Earth Day celebration they have not organized on their own is contacting local businesses and agencies to invite them to set up booths at the event to give out environmental information and other items. They enlisted the mother of one of the students who helped make contact with several businesses and organizations which will have booths on-site.
These students are 10-11 years old, she said, adding, “They found something they thought was messed up and found a way they could mobilize the whole community to work together and fix it.”