Students strive to protect the planet

Planet Protectors club prepares students to help the environment for the 2017-2018 school year.

Morgan DeHart

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Katie Bynum and Spencer Whitehead make their contribution to the environment by recycling paper.

Aiming to prevent global warming and helping with climate change may seem like such a huge task, but if everyone makes an effort, it might not seem as big. That is what the Planet Protectors club at Wakefield was all about: putting in extra effort to help out the planet and environment. Now, since the the club faded away 3 years ago, students and teachers strive to get the club back up and running.

Rebecca Carranza, junior and one of the future members of Planet Protectors, discusses what type of events and activities the club will be doing to better the environment.

“We are thinking about hosting events such as going to middle schools and educating the kids and talking to them about climate change,” Carranza said. “We want to do a ‘speak up’ event where there are posters around promoting energy conservation. We also wanted to do a garden, and a school black out where all the lights go off to educate the school as a whole to take care of the environment and conserve all the energy that we have because we waste a lot.”

Carranza believes that this club will change the world and the students within the club.

“I feel like we have a huge potential to make a difference in the school and in the community and I’m really excited about that,” Carranza said. “I feel like it’s going to make leaders in students and it’s going to provide a beneficial way for students to take initiative in their environment whether that’s in a community or a school building.”

Josh Slocum, junior and one of the future members of Planet Protectors, explains why he believes it is important to help the environment.

“I always hear about how coal is being dumped in the river and causes people to not have safe drinking water,” Slocum said. “Everything impacts the planet. If you don’t want to live on a hostile planet and not live on Mars full of dust, then take care of the planet.”

Denise Furr,  science teacher and advisor of the upcoming club Planet Protectors, explains why she is excited to get the club up and running.

“I love the enthusiasm from the students, they are so fired up about it and they’re excited to get this going,” Furr said.

“They can really make a difference and I feel like a lot of times young people don’t realize the effect they can have on the world, so I’m excited for a positive change that they can create.””

— Furr

Furr also explains how the idea to bring the club back got started and how the students are the ones who wanted to bring it back.

“We had this climate change assembly that was really motivational and I mentioned to the students that we didn’t have a club, but if anyone was interested in doing it or starting it up that we would love to have one again and that just really got the ball rolling,” Furr said. “After assembly, a lot of students were pretty fired up about it so we decided to resurrect it.”

Science teacher Allen White, talks about how it is important to notice that the environment is in danger and that we need to do something about it.

“If you are not worried about the environment, you should be because the environment is not headed in the right direction right now,” White said. “ People need to be involved.”

The Planet Protectors club is still a work in progress and won’t be an official club until the 2017-2018 year. However the potential and the excitement that students bring is enough for them to already begin making plans on what they want to do. Students are highly encouraged to join the club once it is made in order to help the environment and protect the planet.  

“If you want to help environment then come on, come to the meetings,” Carranza said. “Show up and take that initiative.”