We observed Earth Day today at Weston High School (since the real Earth Day will come right after April vacation). Classes were shortened to 55 minutes to allow time for a screening of An Inconvenient Truth, and we had guest speakers available throughout the day. Results of a student survey of environmentally aware behavior were presented, and everyone was encouraged to cut down on our use of resources through recycling, reuse, carpooling, and the like. I distributed some flyers on wind power from Mass Energy and the New England Wind Fund. Science teachers and members of Students for Environmental Action prominently wore their “I’m a tree hugger” tee shirts.
Student responses were generally positive, though of course there were some who considered it all a left-wing plot and there were others who are too much in love with their SUVs to believe that they could be harmful. Actually, I shouldn’t say “others,” as these were probably not disjoint groups.