Roots Class (pre-k to first grade):
Today in the Roots class, we discussed the meaning of Earth Day and how we can help the earth. Everyone was in agreement that electric cars were a really good way to help the environment. Another idea to help the earth was to plant trees because they provide oxygen. We also learned about “upcycling” trash by creating suncatchers from plastic water bottles.
Seedlings Class (second – 5th grade):
This week, we hung up the “stained glass” chalice we had made a few weeks ago and talked about how young people’s imagination can be a powerful tool in the fight against climate change. We used a large assortment of animal figurines to illustrate how Greta Thunberg’s school strike grew from a single person who could imagine a different future into a worldwide movement. Then we each chose an animal that represented us and explained why.
Wildflower Youth Group (Middle & High School):
Today in Wildflower Youth Group we learned about the radical roots of Earth Day as massive protests across the country, where an estimated 1 in 10 people in the US participated. Youth shared reflections about climate change, profit-seeking being a central cause, and what would be possible if we continued the radical origins of Earth Day through organizing to support indigenous protectors of the land and water.