Young people discuss environmental issues |

Young people discuss environmental issues

TRUCKEE – Nearly 300 students here gathered earlier this month to teach community members and one another about global warming and other environmental issues at a Youth Symposium on Climate Change.

The day-long event, hosted by the Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships and the Truckee Tahoe regional Education Coalition, exposed students to alternative energy options, weather tracking, demonstrations and interactive presentations.

“I think it made a lot of people more conscientious,” said self-proclaimed “eco-freak” Shannon Estabrook, a ninth-grader at Truckee High. “I know I’ll be more careful with my garbage (and recycling).”

Some students joined forces for Project Citizen, a process in which students identify problems in the community that require public policy solutions, and present viable options to public officials. One presentation suggested increased funding for public transportation options in order to curb carbon dioxide emissions, another pointed toward incentives and mandates for green building.

“They did a really good job of confronting the big issues that we are facing, and came up with some innovative policies,” said Truckee Mayor Beth Ingalls.

Another group of Truckee ninth graders involved in the Carbon Footprint Project gave a presentation on greenhouse gasses, and have been working after school since March to develop a curriculum guide that would be useful in district classrooms.

Students from Alder Creek Middle School, North Tahoe Middle School and Truckee Elementary wrapped up the day’s events with model solar car races.

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