"We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it." ~ Barack Obama
Growing up in Saint Louis the discussion on environment or conservation was not a frequent one. I had a couple teachers, Mr. Haviland and Mr. Taylor that talked about it. But they were the exception. We lived downtown in the inner city, outside activities usually took place on an asphalt playground or baseball field. When I joined the Navy, I was able to see more of the world. Spending time in Northern Japan, Scotland, Canada and sailing across the Pacific Ocean opened my eyes to the beauty that surrounded me. I began to gain a greater appreciation of the small things that may seem insignificant to some people. The cherry blossom trees in Hokkaido blew my mind. The Scottish fields filled with thistle were a sight to be hold. Seeing orcas in the Pugent Sound was breathtaking.
I was grateful for the opportunities that had been presented to me. The awesome beauty and majesty of nature in its various forms was inspiring. After the military, we settled in California. A true sense of awe for the beauty and expansiveness of the great outdoors was cemented. My father-in-law, a long-time Sierra Club member and overall conservationist reinforced this love and the need to preserve its splendor.
Now that I am a father of two (awesome kids- I might add!), my desire to protect the environment and help preserve it for their future and their kid’s futures became top of mind. Both of my girls have attended Flora Vista where I have seen over the years a growing curriculum and hands-on (garden programs, lunchtime recycling carts, assembly performances and more) approach to teaching conservation and environmental appreciation. My kids monitor the length of showers at home. Isla participated in a project that helped raise funds to bring safe drinking water to villages in Africa. These added classroom lessons and curriculum are a great start. I know we can do more and I look forward to being part of that dialogue to help bring resources and continued focus to this topic and to ensure all of our schools in the district can address this important issue.