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Roots and Shoots starts year off strong

Roots and Shoots starts year off strong

Tennam Gyaldatsang

October 22, 2019

According to junior Thor Anderson, Roots and Shoots has increased student involvement and awareness.  “I would say there are a lot more people in Roots and Shoots, which is really good because there are more people interested in this type of thing,” Anderson said. “We are more organized, we ...

Roots and Shoots plans climate change walkout

Roots and Shoots plans climate change walkout

Colin Canaday

September 26, 2019

In response to the lack of awareness regarding the youth climate strike which occurred Sept. 20, there will be another climate change walkout Sept. 27, according to junior Roots and Shoots President Zoe Frank. “People around the nation know there are international walkouts this Friday on Sep. 2...

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Marta Hill, Emma Leff, and Noah Orloff

March 31, 2019

After Roots and Shoots presented to the School Board regarding the school district’s involvement with the Climate Action Plan, senior Katie Christiansen, who is the club's leader, said she felt optimistic about the reception within the community. “It felt like we were really in a space to start a conversatio...

Green New Deal oversteps

Green New Deal oversteps

Henry Brettingen

March 20, 2019

Climate change has long been an issue politicians have struggled to find long-term solutions to. The Green New Deal is no exception. It is nothing more than an idealistic wish list that fails to account for the constraints of reality. Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released ...

Artist uses beeswax to raise environmental awareness

Artist uses beeswax to raise environmental awareness

Noah Orloff

March 3, 2019

With the viewpoint of pollinators in mind, mixed-media artist Jodi Reeb said she created her exhibition with the goal of spreading information about environmental issues. “I wanted to create some artwork that would call attention or raise awareness about the dilemma that is happening with our bees,...

Roots and Shoots prepares for local outreach

Roots and Shoots prepares for local outreach

Amaia Barajas, Jenna Cook, and Noah Orloff

February 10, 2019

Sophomore Roots and Shoots member Zoe Frank said Roots and Shoots currently has a responsibility to make sure the Climate Action Plan’s expectations are met. “We talked about new ways we can help implement solar energy and renewable sources, which will help achieve the Climate Action Plan’s...

Staff Editorial: MN Can’t Wait rally should inspire action

Staff Editorial: MN Can’t Wait rally should inspire action

January 17, 2019

With issues such as climate change, student activism is essential to impact politics. This is why the Echo Editorial Board applauds MN Can’t Wait’s campaign. The student-led organization, MN Can’t Wait, held a rally and discussion to take action against climate change, at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 in Gov....

Road salts should be banned

Road salts should be banned

Emma Leff

December 21, 2018

Every winter, approximately 365,000 tons of de-icing materials are dumped onto roads, driveways and sidewalks in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Although this improves traction on these surfaces, it puts the environment and pets at risk. The use of road salt needs to be s...

Roots and Shoots presents school staff with new recycling initiative

Roots and Shoots presents school staff with new recycling initiative

Katie Hardie and Sadie Yarosh

November 18, 2018

According to Roots and Shoots leader Katie Christiansen, it is important the school is changing its recycling plan because it shows the dedication students at Park have concerning the environment. “It reflects what students care about, as we’ve seen in the students’ initiation (and passing...

City Council adopts Climate Action Plan

City Council adopts Climate Action Plan

Nicole Sanford

February 9, 2018

Senior Roots and Shoots club leader Lukas Wrede said the adoption of a Climate Action Plan by City Council Feb. 5 left him feeling eager for an environmentally friendly future. “I expected (the meeting) to go smoothly and I expected it to pass and obviously I couldn’t prepare myself for the overwhelm...

Roots and Shoots members form recycling-focused team

Roots and Shoots members form recycling-focused team

Elise Riley and Isaac Wert

November 20, 2017

Junior Roots and Shoots member Leila Raymond said she decided to join the club’s newly-created recycling team in order to promote sustainability in the Park community. “It was an initiative that a few of us (took on) because Roots and Shoots can impact the city and things (on a large scale), an...

Junior returns from semester studying in Wisconsin wilderness

Junior returns from semester studying in Wisconsin wilderness

Izzy Leviton

February 13, 2017

As junior Lukas Wrede reflects on his past semester at Conserve School, he said he enjoyed going to a school where the outdoors became his classroom. According to Wrede, Conserve School is located in Land O’ Lakes, Wisconsin, and high school students spend one semester learning there. “Las...

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