RGC High School Environmental Blog Posts
“Moving from consumers to caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife”
Inspired by 16-year-old Greta Thernberg’s speech to the UN and the National Garden Club, Inc.’s Conservation Pledge, Roswell Garden Club invited high school students from public, private, and home schools in Roswell, GA, to write a blog post exploring how we in Roswell can become caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife. Each year the topic was a variation of the NGC Conservation Pledge “Moving from consumers to caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife.” The first year students wrote specifically about the pledge. In later years the focus was on recycling and on the Chattahoochee River.
We hope you are as inspired by these posts as we are and that you consider making some of the changes the students suggest.
Nowadays, a very recurring issue is the fact that we need to change our actions towards planet Earth urgently. Our planet is collapsing and we are currently living in times of several environmental crises all around the world, as the recently rainforest fires in Brazil.
In July 29, the 2019 Earth Overshoot Day happened, meaning that humans have already used all the planet’s ecological resource budget for the entire year. And the reason this date is so remarkable is because each year we are reaching the Overshoot Day earlier. The world is using up resources so fast and in an uncontrolled way that the planet’s ecosystems cannot regenerate them in time.
The most shocking part of all this is that…
Take Action on Environmental Issues We See around Our Community…By Guest Blogger & 3rd Place Winner Ava Weinreb
Living in Roswell we are constantly surrounded by all different aspects of nature, from the Chattahoochee river, to the hiking trails at the mill, and rolling hills at Leita Thompson park. The outdoor scene has so much to offer in Roswell, but are we taking care of it? Living in an outdoorsman’s dream city we must take steps to ensure that we can keep Roswell as beautiful as it can be, ensuring that we take action on environmental issues we see around our community.
There are several simple at home ways to make a positive impact on the local environment, the first being recycling. Many neighborhoods throughout the city offer recycling services…
Many people think that you can recycle boxes and all paper products. My proposal is to have a sticker that is given out to each member of the community telling them what is and isn’t allowed in the recycling bin to reduce the amount of thrown out recycling materials that are being thrown out. For example, when you order pizza and think to yourself that you could recycle it, you actually can’t due to the grease and oil that would gum up the machine that compresses the recycling. If people would throw out the box then they would save at least 2-3 pounds of landfill trash that could be recycled and re-purposed. Another way to help our community in helping the earth would be to…
Roswell Garden Club is excited to announce the winners of the 2019 Environmental Blog Entry Competition:
1st place – Reaching Beyond the Three R’s: More Ways to Care for the Earth, Emma Guglielmo
2nd place – Why the Environmental Acts are So Important, Ana Clara Ferreira
3rd place – Take action on environmental issues we see around our Community, Ava Weinreb
4th place – Make Roswell Greener!, Sylvia Nelson
We encourage you to read the words of these student-bloggers from our community and take action on their suggestions. Let’s work together to take the National Garden Club, Inc.’s challenge and move from consumers to caretakers of our air, water, forest, land, and wildlife.
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