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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Granite Hills High School, El Cajon, California, USA

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Granite Hills High School, El Cajon, California, USA
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Registered: December 2016
City/Town/Province: El Cajon
Posts: 1
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In the words of Carl Sagan, "The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is determined only by our own wisdom and courage." My name is Daniela Rodriguez, a Junior at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California. For the first years of my life, I lived in Bogota, Colombia. We lived in the center of the city where the effects of air pollution would often worsen my Asthma. When my family and I moved to California, my Asthma reduced but I continued to see litter on the streets, and smog in Los Angeles. Today, I am the President of Earth Club and have written numerous articles concerning environmental awareness for my high school.
During the end of my Sophomore year, I became exceedingly alarmed with the lack of environmental awareness efforts on campus and decided to create a club dedicated to the Earth. Earth Club officially began in August of 2016 and is still an active club on campus with over 30 members. During one of our weekly Campus Cleanups, I stumbled across two dirt lots in between classrooms that had been fenced off and infested with litter. I proposed the idea of having a school-wide event to clean the dirt lots and introduce dry-tolerant plants to the region. Bees are often found at our school, therefore, we agreed to plant the plants that would appeal to the bee population in the efforts to give them a safe space and reduce bee extinction.
On October 27, 2016, The Plant Project took place. Thirty volunteers were split to begin planting after previously doing intensive soil prepping. Among the plants introduced, these included succulents, sage, tulips, sunflowers, cacti, and perennials. After four hours, the lots were finished and teachers gathered to applaud us for our contribution to our campus. Due to the lack of a stable water source, I took on the responsibility of watering the lots every day by hand, including weekends and breaks.
Today, the plants have continued to grow and have accumulated a prosperous bee population. After The Plant Project, Earth Club got published in our school newspaper which led to greater opportunities. Earth Club received an invitation to plant over one hundred plants at a local elementary school and will be returning there soon. Campus cleanups are still regular events and we plan to have another planting event this upcoming year.
Too often, students do not see the importance of preserving the environment despite the increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and its devastating effects. Earth Club hopes to promote awareness to our community in the efforts of preservation. As for who I am and whom I want to become, it remains a labyrinth, but what I do know is that whatever I do, or whomever I become, I will give my everything in the efforts of making the world a better place for our future generations because true success is in the ingenuity and generation of thoughts.
Date: December 30, 2016 Views: 5126 File size: 18.1kb, 3223.0kb : 4032 x 3024
Hours Volunteered: 88
Volunteers: 22
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16 & 15 to 17
Native Trees Planted: 25
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