Phyllis Theermann

Shout out to the Wellesley Middle School Girl Scouts who worked in partnership with the Wellesley Natural Resources Commission to show how trees improve air quality. The girl scouts calculated the data and then placed informative labels on public trees along Central Street in Wellesley Square. You can use the i-Tree MyTree app to explore the individual benefits provided by the trees near you.

 

Top Row – left to right
Julia Andersson
Ginger Gooch
Eliza Towle
Ellie Owens
Julia Pekowitz
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Katie Stuart
Alexa Pekowitz
Tracey Peng
Samantha Chiu

Bottom Row – left to right
Sophia Russo
Caroline Kane
Lucy Kim
Sofia Dobado
Michelle Cunningham

Phyllis Theermann

“Skip the Straw, Save Our Seas” is the focus of Hardy Elementary School’s 3rd Grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop (#72113)  initiative. While working on their Wonders of Water Journey Badge, the Troop decided to advocate, educate and inspire our community to protect the world’s water with this challenge.

First, the Troop created a large noticeboard at Hardy Elementary filled with information about the plastic problems in our oceans and waterways and specifically the problems of single use plastics, like straws. They also installed a pledge sheet to encourage others to sign up to refuse plastic straws in restaurants and cafes, and if possible explain why they are refusing the straw.

The Troop followed this with a presentation to a whole school assembly on why Wellesley should “Skip the Straw”. They then wrote to a dozen local and national restaurants explaining the problems of  single use plastics, and asked them to only give out straws on request and also to think about ending the use of plastic straws in their businesses. The troop will be visiting a few local restaurants to ask them in person to join the “Skip the Straw” project.

They are inviting the Wellesley community to their screening of the film Straws this Tuesday, May 22nd from 7.30-8.15pm in the Wakelin Room of the Wellesley Free Library.

This topic has been in the press a lot lately (Boston Globe, and the New York Times)  and has moved one Wellesley resident to write the following blog.

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The 5th Grade Girl Scout Troop at Hunnewell challenges the community to a plastic water bottle free weekend, April 27-29, 2018.  This weekend is chosen in honor of Earth Day, a celebration of nature.  On this weekend, they ask you to plan ahead and bring a reusable water bottle to school, sports and activities.

This video will encourage you to sign their pledge and adhere to do your best to ditch disposable water bottles and go reusable instead.  Some suggestions they offer to make the change include:

Be prepared
Try to remember to keep your reusable water bottle filled and ready to go for school, practice, rehearsal, on car trips, walks etc.

Doing so will allow you to take action to help the earth, keep our environment cleaner, and to save money.

They encourage you to lead by example and spread awareness so others will choose to go reusable too!

If you can do it for a weekend, you will see how easy it is to make the change forever.

Give it a try.

Thanks for the inspiration Hunnewell Troop 78199!