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9 Ideas to Change the World

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Students at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia, PA, tell us how they would help the environment, if they were in charge:

Here are nine ideas to change the environment. Let's see what we can do!
Students at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia, PA, tell us how they would help the environment, if they were in charge.
WRITTEN BY: 10th–12th Grade Students at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School



If I were in charge, I would create local farms instead of taking food from far away places. I would do this to create less emission from transportation, to provide more fresh and organic options to communities, to give people more jobs, and to make sure fruits and vegetables are available that communities traditionally use. –Sandro

If I were in charge, I would fund research for alternative fuel technology instead of focusing on gas-powered cars. I would do this because I’d like to own a car one day, and would like more environmentally-friendly options when that time comes. –Reina

If I were in charge, I would plant organic and natural foods instead of genetically modified foods. It’s frightening to think about eating something that can be hazardous to our health because we don’t know what has been done to it. I think that people should have natural foods in their diet that are untouched by science. –Ivelisse If I were in charge, I would make sure that everyone has options to dispose of waste properly in my neighborhood instead of throwing garbage in the streets. –Zuleyka

If I were in charge, I would find ways for people to use fewer bottles that waste plastic instead of having them littering our streets. I would do this because plastics take many years to decompose. My idea as an alternative is to use reusable glass bottles. The bottle would not be thrown away; they would have to be taken to the nearest facility in charge of sterilization so they could be reused. –Jose

If I were in charge, I would urge people to carpool instead of adding more pollution by driving separately. –Darius

If I were in charge, I would get people to ride bikes instead of driving cars. I would get people to take public transportation. I would get people to carpool. I would get people to buy greener cars. I would get people to save electricity. I would get people to walk more often. I would get people to help make a cleaner, greener Earth, instead of making unsustainable choices. –Damien

If I were in charge, I would fund research for hydrogen cars and hydrogen fuel stations instead of focusing on gasoline-powered cars and regular gas stations. –Niaya

If I were in charge, I would put more time and thought into creating a school lunch program that is healthy, instead of feeding students processed foods for lunch every day. I think that these foods are bad for our schools and communities because obesity is a big problem. The fruits and veggies we grow in a school garden should be worked into the food that the school serves. People need to know what they eat, and understand how these unhealthy foods impact our lives. These changes would make our lives and our school a better place. –Alyssa

Do you already partake in any of these suggestions? Share what you do in the comments below!



Recyclebank Green Schools Program awards grants to schools in order to fund environmental projects that empower youth to green their own communities. For every 100 points donated to an accepted school, Recyclebank donates $10 to that school.

Under the guidance of Joshua Kleiman and Michael Cole, Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School students will create a school garden. The garden will be built during an Earth Day of Service project and will be sustained by a new environmental science program at our school. Future phases of the garden project will include community outreach involving a CSA program to serve the neighborhood of Kensington — their neighborhood in Philadelphia, and a food desert — and the eventual expansion of the garden size and outreach impact.

Learn more about the Green Schools Program!


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