On Friday, the young people of New York will be reminding us of the fragility of our future and our need to take action. Many of our second to fifth grade classes will be joining them. We are fortunate that they can walk to Red Hook to observe democracy in action. Please see the letter below from our teachers:
You may already know that there are a number of different climate “strikes” being held in NYC on September 20. These actions, inspired by Greta Thunberg and organized and led by students around the world, are part of a global call to action to address the issue of climate change. The youths of the world are coming together to call on world leaders to implement policies to mitigate the impact of climate change on the most vulnerable and at risk communities, and to take bold and quick action to address the causes of climate change.
At BNS, we teach children the importance of taking a stand and having your voice heard. We teach that by joining together and working with other people we can make a difference and can affect change. We also teach about the connections between humans and our living environment, and the impacts people have on the environment.
We have decided that as a way of introducing our class to the importance of taking action, both in general and specifically in regards to climate change, we would like our class to participate in one of the climate strikes. There is one being held in Coffey Park in Red Hook. It is an easy walk from BNS. After lunch on September 20 we will walk over to Coffey Park and join the gathering. Our plan is to invite students to make signs to hold during the gathering.
We are aware that the children are young, and we will be very mindful of their safety, both physical and emotional. The beauty of going to a gathering so close is that if it seems overwhelming or unsafe we can easily leave and come back to school. We plan on staying for a little while, and then returning to school. Attached you will find a DOE trip permission form. As with any trip, if you don’t want your child to participate, that is your right, and we will find a classroom for your child to stay in while we are gone. If you would like to join us, you are very welcome. And if you have any concerns or questions, please contact us!