Generation Green News -Jennifer A

For those of you involved in environmental initiatives in your community, I bet you can identify with me when I say that the communication of ideas is a MAJOR problem. As a student, it seemed necessary to find a way to share the amazing programs and events being introduced all over my district. This meant that when Victoria, a past graduate from a local high school, emailed me with a request to become the co-editor-in-chief of a district-wide electronic environmental newsletter, I jumped at the chance.

Over the course of the next couple of months, we worked together to gather a willing group of student from the district Student Leadership Council, instructed them on how to to acquire or produce articles, edited the writing we received and combined it all into a full 6-page newsletter.

Whether or not you are from our district, I encourage you to take a peek at Generation Green, as it is guaranteed to open your eyes to a new approach, a new issue, or just an event to check out!

Generation Green, Issue #1

IT’S EARTH DAY!!! -Jonathan Z.

So, yeah. Today’s Earth day. I guess you all know that now. It’s also Good Friday, but not everybody celebrates the day Jesus died. Moving on.

Since it’s Friday, I was supposed to do a post about our week, but…. the week lasted all of two days, so I guess there wouldn’t really be a lot to cover. So back to Earth Day!

Where do I stand for the whole Save-the-environment-thing? I’m all for it, as long as it’s within reason. Recycling? Sure. Limiting Waste? Definitely. Chaining yourself to a tree in front of a smoke-spewing bulldozer? Ehh…. Not so much. You have to admire the people who spend their life protecting the environment, though.

Although protestors don’t actually chain themselves to a tree (at least, not that I know of), they do take it upon themselves to protect trees in much, much cooler ways. Environmental enthusiasts have been taking the childhood joy of making a treehouse, and turning it into a literal home.

Tree-sitting, as it’s officially called (can this be considered official?), is basically setting up a home up in the trees. Your adoring fans (and very unamused policemen) watch, from 100 feet below, as you painstakingly climb up the tree, and begin building your cabin in the sky.

Some of the most amazing cases of tree sitting include:

  May 2006- 25 protesters who were against an urban extension of a town set up shop in the endangered trees for not 1, not 2, but 4 years! Eventually, they got what they wanted; in May 2010, the city counsel unanimously to stop the extension.

     February 1998- November 2003: These guys didn’t just set up one tree-sit; they set up a tree-village! They had everything from communications to toilets to hydroponic sprout farms! And yes, to this day, the trees there remain green and tall.

Don’t think that every tree-sit is successful; this one… might make you wince a bit.

2010: A group of protesters in Ukraine started to climb trees in order to stop the building of a road. It seems like the builders didn’t really care, though: they started cutting down the trees, while people were still on them!

So, yeah. Supporting Earth Day and the environment? Definitely. Climbing trees to stop logging? No. So, With that in mind….

Happy Green Day!