Teens lead effort to green America's oldest school
September 15, 2010
BOSTON — In Boston, at the country''s oldest school, a network of green-minded individuals with partnerships in the community provide testimony at public hearings and climate summits — and most of the leaders aren''t even old enough to vote, according to a press release.
The Youth Climate Action Network (Youth CAN) was founded in 2007 by students at the Boston Latin School as a network of school-based, youth-led, extracurricular climate action clubs, the article stated.
There are a lot of school groups that are doing similar things with their schools, but they''re not as broad and don''t have the reach that Youth CAN does, the article noted.
According to the article, students approach sustainability in a different way than adults because adults believe in small personal changes, but the kids think in terms of large-scale change; they seem more willing and eager to act and they are the ones who are going to have to show the adults what to do.