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Hooray for class 3-306 from P.S. 321 in Brooklyn, NY

Hooray for class 3-306 from P.S. 321 in Brooklyn, NY

By on Feb 4, 2018 in Josie's Blog | 0 comments

Some kids in class 3-306 at P.S. 321 have been writing about why we should protect our planet. Their teachers, Anneliese Torgerson and Lily Scott, shared their students writing with us. Here are some excerpts from their great essays. Green Crusader Paul says: SAVE THE SHARKS! “Sharks balance the ecosystem. If all the sharks were dead, all the fish would eat all the food and other animals would die. Also, too much octopus ink would pollute the ocean.” Green Crusader Max says: STOP GLOBAL WARMING “Global Warming causes flooding and other bad things. I think people should use solar panels because they don’t warm up the earth.” Green Crusader Dashiell says: SAVE THE RAINFOREST “Deforestation kills animals. Scientists have found that if one animal becomes extinct, then the whole food chain wobbles. For more info. on sharks, see sharkangels.org For more Information on Global Warming see: climatekids.nasa.gov For more information on deforestation, see Rainforest Action Network at...

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Organizing Works: How Prospect Park Went Car-Free

Organizing Works: How Prospect Park Went Car-Free

By on Jan 15, 2018 in Josie's Blog | 0 comments

  Since Josie’s from Brooklyn, we thought we should feature some good news from the borough: Starting Jan 1, 2018, Prospect Park is 100% car-free. That means it’s safer than ever for bikers, runners, pedestrians, roller skaters and skate boarders.  And the air will be cleaner. The Fourth Grade Bike Brigade is happy! Those of you who read Josie and the Fourth Grade Bike Brigade will remember that the kids wanted to ride to school to reduce the amount of gasoline they used. Burning gasoline is one of the big causes of global warming.  But it took a lot of organizing to get the kids to ride, and it took some convincing to get the grownups to agree to paint bike lanes to make riding safer. The same thing happened in real life Brooklyn. Groups like Transportation Alternatives have been pushing for a car-free park for years. Cars used to drive any time on the park’s main road. Then they were banned on weekends. Then they were restricted only to rush hours, and then reduced to one lane. Meanwhile, people have not been waiting around for the rules to change. There are more people using the park than ever. But having those people share the road with cars isn’t safe. It’s too crowded on the road. People wrote letters and organized protests until they won! Finally, last fall Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting January 1st, no cars are allowed in the park at all, except for emergency vehicles. Basically, the bikes and the runners took over.  And the mayor and his staff finally realized that cleaner air and a safer park went hand in hand. Gotta stop writing this blog now. It’s time for a ride in the park! But remember-organizing works!...

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Climate is not the same as weather!

By on Jan 5, 2018 in Josie's Blog | 0 comments

  It’s been a cold winter so far in Josie’s hometown of Brooklyn. New Year’s Eve was so cold that the President tweeted about it: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming…” When we have cold weather, does that mean global warming isn’t happening? Of course not! First, let’s remember that global warming and climate change are the same thing. They refer to the gradual warming of the average temperatures all over the earth (including the oceans). The weather changes every day, but the climate changes only very gradually. Weather is what we experience each hour, day and week. Climate is the pattern of weather and the averages over the course of the whole year. The weather determines what we wear. The climate determines what kinds of animals and plants live in a place, and what kinds of crops can grow. If you have salad for dinner it doesn’t mean you’re a vegetarian. If you catch a cold it doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy. And if it’s cold for a few days, it doesn’t mean global warming isn’t happening. When it’s cold, lots of people joke they’d like to get some global warming. But they’re joking. Josie and her pals enjoy a good global warming joke as much as anyone. Unfortunately, denying climate change isn’t...

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