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Children’s First program brings community together to discuss climate change

Junior Sophie Yakes speaks on behalf for the club Roots and Shoots during the Children's First Champion Breakfast March 5 at Double Tree Park Place Hotel. Yakes said she wants to promote awareness to citizens of St. Louis Park on how to take action.

Anna Benishek

March 8, 2020

Junior Roots and Shoots member Sophie Yakes said it’s important for students' voices to be heard at the Children’s First Champion Breakfast because the community can benefit from them. “I am speaking on behalf of all the students for climate action and also because this is a room full of really...

Roots and Shoots looks to improve Park’s recycling program

Juniors Zoe Frank and Keely Bernstein discuss the new Roots and Shoots video Feb. 24. The club wants to debut the video about recycling in the upcoming months.

Sadie Yarosh

February 27, 2020

At the Roots and Shoots meeting Feb. 24, the group discussed ways to create a video that informs students and staff about the recycling process and how to improve it, according to junior and member Thor Anderson. “The project we are working on with the administration (is) to help the recycling p...

Roots and Shoots starts year off strong

Roots and Shoots President Zoe Frank discusses with the club about future plans. The next meeting will be taking place Oct 22.

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

Junior Thor Anderson discusses future plans with Roots and Shoots Sept 17.  According to Roots and Shoots junior President Zoe Frank, the Roots and Shoots climate walkout will begin after school Sept. 27.

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...

Community exhibition provokes awareness

Juniors Ava Tronson and Chloe Richardson perform an interpretive dance while seniors Samantha Schug, Maranda Hoogenraad and Estelle Tronson read a poem at the Nest's open mic night March 15. The climate justice art show, which will include an open mic portion, will take place from 6-9 p.m. April 27 at the Nest.

Jenna Cook and Amaia Barajas

April 26, 2019

Nest youth coordinator Ellen Pajor said she hopes the climate justice art show will help draw the attention to the difficult subject of the Earth’s wellbeing. “Normally it’s a lot of doom and gloom, facts and figures, which is appropriate, it’s pretty doomy and gloomy. But it’s just a diff...

Roots and Shoots paints wall for Earth Day

Roots and Shoots painted the wall April 18. According to Senior Katie Christiansen, the wall is painted with symbols that represent Minnesota's environmental habits and expectations.

Noah Orloff, Marta Hill, and Emma Leff

April 21, 2019

As sophomore Kaylee Quick painted the senior wall, she said her first Roots and Shoots event was a fun way to honor the upcoming Earth Day. “I thought it was a really cool idea as a way to prepare for Earth Day,” Quick said. “I also thought it was a great way to start getting more involved wi...

Roots and Shoots presents to School Board regarding climate action

Senior Roots and Shoots member Rachel Mattson speaks in front of the School Board March 25. According to Mattson, people were respectful in response to the presentation.

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...

Roots and Shoots plans solar event

Junior Patrick Djerf hands senior Roots and Shoots president Katie Christiansen a flyer regarding various upcoming SLP SEEDS opportunities during a meeting Feb. 22. SLP SEEDS and Roots and Shoots will help out with a solar event for Earth Day April 24.

Noah Orloff, Emma Leff, and Marta Hill

March 3, 2019

After visiting local businesses to encourage them to sign the Climate Action Plan business pledge, Roots and Shoots plans to expand their community outreach through a student-led initiative regarding solar energy, according to Roots and Shoots leader senior Katie Christiansen. “Roots and Shoots is working on ...

Roots and Shoots brings Climate Action Plan to local businesses

The Cub Foods in St. Louis Park pledged to comply with the Climate Action Plan. It is the only company to have signed the pledge as of Feb. 19.

Maggie Klaers

February 21, 2019

According to sophomore Roots and Shoots member Zoe Frank, Roots and Shoots has been campaigning the Climate Action Plan to local businesses. “(Since) the passing of the Climate Action Plan — which has a goal of getting St. Louis Park carbon neutral by 2040 — we have gone and spoken to businesses about helping to reduce their emissions because...

Roots and Shoots prepares for local outreach

Senior Roots and Shoots leader Katie Christiansen and sophomore member Zoe Frank discuss the club's upcoming residential and business outreach plans during a meeting Feb. 5. According to Frank, Roots and Shoots meets on Tuesdays.

Amaia Barajas, Jenna Cook, and Noah Orloff

February 11, 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...

Roots and Shoots drives for more progress in march to Capitol

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz speaks to a room filled with students. Walz and Lutinnent Governor Flanagan addressed climate change and the policies in which they wish to enact throughout their term.

Katie Hardie and Sadie Yarosh

January 13, 2019

According to Roots and Shoots club leader, senior Katie Christiansen, marching to the Capitol acted as another chance to reinforce the need for environmental action for Minnesota. “We met with Gov. Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan and recently appointed MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) commissio...

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