Founder of Kids vs Global Warming
The Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference put on by the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department last May was nothing but inspirational. Concerned students were thirsting for new information and ways to slow global warming and rethink how we can be better guardians of our planet… for it is the youth that will be the custodians of the future.
The City of San Jose has committed to promoting awareness and activism for improving our environment. It is one of the leaders in the nation with mayor Chuck Reed’s “Green Vision” program. The Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference brought hundreds of students together to discuss their concerns and learn from the dozens of nonprofits committed to building a sustainable future.
But what was most inspirational was the keynote speaker. 15 year-old Alec Loorz, the founder of Kids vs Global Warming http://kids-vs-global-warming.com rallied the audience, young and old to come together and actively participate in the improvement of our environment from a global perspective to a personal view. “We can do things right now” he proclaimed as he advised us on things we can do on a daily basis such as reducing the use of water while showering or brushing our teeth. On a global scale he is organizing a “Million Kid March” http://kids-vs-global-warming.com/iMatter_March.html, mobilizing the youth around the world to take a stand and let our governments and corporations know that we need to make changes NOW!
If nothing else, Alec and the many committed youth at the conference gives us hope that there will be a brighter tomorrow. It is but a work in progress.
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It’s not something we think about everyday. Or any day… if at all. Yet it is something that affects all of us now and into the future. The San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant (SJ/SC WPCP) is one of the most advanced and largest water treatment plants in the country, serving approaching two million people in our community. Looking towards the future, we are challenged to effectively treat and manage our waste water and maintain the delicate eco-system of the South Bay.
In addition, with natural resources depleting, how do we adequately supply water for our growing population? The SJ/SC WPCP Master Plan is being developed to guide the upgrade and renovation of the plant and the development of the surrounding 2,600 acres on which it is situated. Introducing the latest technology to treat and recycle the water more effectively is at the core of the master plan’s mission. Being able to generate energy from the bio-mass waste is an added benefit. Yet the opportunities are much more. A thoughful plan of natural habitat areas, water recreation, trails, commercial, educational and industrial uses can create a thriving, sustainable destination.
The City of San Jose Environmental Services department is inviting the public to participate and voice their opinions as to the future of this important region in the south San Francisco Bay. Community workshops are being held in a variety of locations this month. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of our community.
Saturday, May 1 – 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Milpitas City Hall – 455 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas
Tuesday, May 4 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Santa Clara Library – 2635 Homestead Rd., Santa Clara
Saturday, May 8 – 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Roosevelt Community Center – 901 East Santa Clara St., San Jose
Wednesday, May 12 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Alviso Library – 5050 North 1st St., San Jose
Wednesday, May 19 – 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Cupertino Community Hall – 10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino
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