Girls Scouts Strike Again
The Girl Scout Cadette Troop# 10717 from Florida is at it again. They are not only talking the green talk, but walking the green walk.
After educating themselves on the possibilities of energy from waste during their ‘Breathe Journey’ stage–a step that they took to connect and take action to earn three leadership awards and to engage in improving the world’s air quality, they are connecting to the outdoors through tree planting.
Recently, the troop organized a planting event to give back to their community in Coral Springs. Girl Scouts of all ages participated in activities to become Junior Forest Rangers and to earn their legacy naturalist badges. Over 130 participants took part in a tour of the Coral Springs Community Garden, learned to identify at least 5 different types of trees, and planted a tree –which will be tended to by the girl that planted it for a month.
Why tree planting?
The troop recently uncovered that most kids these days spend close to 7 hours a day connected to electronics and are no longer in tune with nature. They are wired and tuned into portable electronic devices instead of nature and the environment around them. The Girl Scouts don’t want to forget everything nature has to offer, and so with a little sweat, planted over 130 trees!
Great job for the next generation of young environmental stewards!
What about you? Have you unplugged from the electronic highway lately and taken part in some kind of act of environmental stewardship? Tell us about it!
Yvonne Gonzalez is a SCEP intern with the Air and Radiation Division in Region 5. She is currently pursuing a dual graduate degree at DePaul University.
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