It is indeed encouraging to see high school students finding some passion over climate change. They are correct that every step counts and they are fired up to take some steps in the right direction.

Here is a step I would like to see high school students take: Stop driving to school. As Gandhi said "You must be the change you want to see in the world." Change is not easy, otherwise we would already be there. We can’t beat climate change if we can’t get beyond taking care of our own selfish needs. We have free public transportation in school buses and city buses. We have a pretty flat town where it’s easy to walk or bike around most of the town.

Some folks have valid reasons to come via car. I suspect most do not.

If you can’t do it every day, try it one day a week or one day a month. Once you develop a routine, it becomes easier. It may even require a culture change for high school kids to think it’s cool to walk, bus or bike. It might require sweat, a change of clothes, or a bad hair day. Let's challenge each other to ... be the change you want to see.

Barbee Bird

Corvallis (May 25)

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