Students launch a website to bring greater attention to climate issues.
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The bad news is that climate change may be killing alpine skiing, with lower-altitude resorts at risk of being left almost bare by the end of the century.
The good news is that last Sunday’s Super Bowl was very likely a “zero waste” event, with organizers sending the 80,000 pounds of trash to recycling centers, compost facilities or plants to be burned for energy.
This according to the Ipswich Green Team, which launched its new website last week, including a “Bad News/Good News” feature that curates and links a section filled with both troublesome and uplifting climate news.
The new website also features information about Green Team projects and events, ways for residents to get involved and an online store offering shirts and sweatshirts with proceeds benefiting Green Team, events in and outside the classroom and donations to the team — an anonymous donor has agreed to match each dollar up to $10,000.
Find the Green Team’s website at sustainableipswich.org.
“We are hoping that the website will help members of our community in becoming educated about the Green Team’s missions and projects in an accessible way,” said Olivia Whynott, a 10th-grade Green Team member. “In addition, it will show people ways to help the environment on both a local and global scale, and will feature updates on global progression and regression regarding the environment. Our website will allow members of the Green Team to reach out and communicate to other eco warriors and those who want to get involved.”
Green Team mentor Amy Farr Borgman designed the website with input from the Green Team’s sub committee of middle and high school blog writers and researchers.
The Green Team, with members from all four Ipswich schools, grades 4 to 11, focuses on environmental issues such as climate change and recycling.
The website’s blog section offers short, easily digestible articles on a variety of topics designed to educate visitors and inspire them to make small changes in their own lives. It showcases the projects taking place at each of the schools, such as the Winthrop School’s new grow wall, which allows students to plan, plant and harvest fresh produce, and the Doyon School’s CARES for our Ocean program.
The blog section also highlights partnership events like last Friday’s YMCA collaboration for a screening of the movie “The Plastic Ocean.”
“I hope the website will be a resource to our community as well as a reminder that the world is changing, rapidly, and we all need to learn to change with it, whether it’s keeping up with the news, or making major lifestyle changes,” eighth grader Mary Hannah Gallagher said. “We need to share the earth with 7.6 billion people and if they aren’t going to start changing, then we must.”
In addition to acting as an educational resource, the website has an online donation portal where supporters can make financial donations to the Green Team. According to the website, an anonymous private donor will match every dollar given, up to $10,000, in 2020.
“I hope that our newly launched Green Team website will inspire more Ipswich residents to think and act green,” eighth grader Ella Niederhelman said. “We believe the website will educate while simultaneously inspiring many to do as much as they can to protect our Earth.”