Making Way for Outdoor Learning
Go Green Derry members and friends will be dawning work gloves this Saturday (August 9) to cleanup and revitalize a trail system on East Derry memorial School property. The trails were originally created by a Boy Scout from Troop 405 for his Eagle project, but many years have passed since then.
This revitalization is a perfect project for Go Green Derry as getting folks outdoors enjoying and appreciating nature is a central theme for this sub-committee of the Derry Conservation Commission. A number of teachers and parents from EDMS are also involved the project with a goal to create space for outdoor classroom activities as well as nature walks.
Looking for Volunteers
If you are interested in this project and would like to lend a hand; please join us at EDMS this Saturday at 9:00 AM. Bring work gloves and bug spray… see you there!
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“MOMMY, WHAT IS CARBON?”
Written by Maureen Reno:
- Maureen Reno and daughter, Satori at Play-In for Climate Action.
When MCAF invited my daughter, Satori, and I to represent New Hampshire at its first PLAY-IN for Climate Action in Washington D.C., I was excited by the opportunity to teach my six year old a very important civics lesson. Like most lessons, Satori learns by asking a barrage of questions. During this event, however, she asked a couple pertinent questions that made this mamma proud.
Mommy, what is carbon?
Shortly after the PLAY-IN children’s events of yoga and parachute games, Satori was sitting on the Upper Senate Park lawn hiding between me and our New Hampshire poster – hiding from the crowds around us, from the noise of the press conference. In her silence, I should have realized that her mind was racing, but instead I took this as one of her moods. While we were listening to Senator Whitehouse’s speech, she looked up at me and asked, “Mommy, what is carbon?”
My heart soared in that moment because I realized that she was listening and understood enough to ask such a specific question. I explained that carbon is a building block of life on Earth, and one of the most important elements on our planet. We breathe it out, and plants breathe it in. But right now there is too much of it going into our atmosphere, and that is changing the atmosphere and the weather. Carbon is on of the many elements that are released into our air from power plants to produce electricity, run our cars and make lots of the stuff we buy. I also explained that we were about to march to visit our Senators and tell them how worried we are about the air we breathe. I also told her carbon released by polluters is causing climate change, and that is making children sick. For the first time I didn’t dumb things down. Again, she fell silent and looked at the ground for what seemed to be an eternity.
Read More… visit Moms for Clean Air Force
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The NH LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS is sponsoring a public hearing this Monday July 28th from 6-8pm at the Concord Public Library to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan.
This is an innovative and flexible approach to meeting the challenges of climate change by encouraging the development of alternative forms of energy while protecting our public health and the environment.
The Clean Power Plan cuts carbon pollution – power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% below 2005 levels.
Our future is at stake – New Hampshire is experiencing the impacts of climate change. Add your voice by commenting at the hearing! Learn what you can do to make a difference! Comments to the EPA must be received by October 16th, 2014.
For more information download the EPA Carbon Rule Factsheet
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