Since the inaugural event in 1970, the annual Earth Day celebration has expanded awareness about protecting the earth and our environment. While it’s meaningful for all ages, Earth Day has become even more important to the younger generation who will inherit the world that we’re working to preserve for them and future generations.
In fact, we’ve noticed young people becoming increasingly active and vocal in the fight against climate change and the promotion of renewable energy. Some have even joined together to take matters into their own hands via our court system. Even my seven year-old daughter has taken the day into her own hands…literally – by baking something “environmental” every year.
Clearly, no one has a higher stake in the goals of Earth Day than the generations who will inevitably face the consequences of our changing climate. We at NEXTracker are not only trying to minimize these consequences through our installations and sustainable tracker design and manufacturing, but also through educating the community.
That’s why we began the NX for Solar Education Excellence (SEE) program in partnership with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED). In addition to supplying supplemental curriculum for local public school STEM programs and classes, we regularly invite public school students and their teachers to our Center for Solar Excellence (CSE) and offer them some hands-on experiences and lessons about solar, single-axis trackers, and their benefits to the environment.
You might think that these sessions are all about teaching the kids, but they are very interactive with the high-schoolers commenting about solar’s role in energy today and in the future, educating us adults at NEXTracker too. We wanted to share some of those inspirational insights, so in honor of Earth Day 2017, we spoke to some Cupertino High School students during their visit to CSE and asked them about environmental policy, solar power, and Earth Day.
As you might expect, their answers were intelligent, passionate, and optimistic about the world. Here are a few quotes:
“Climate change exists and we need to deal with it.”
“Trust the science.”
“We have a responsibility to take care of the environment for younger generations.”
“Solar power is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in the United States.”
“By Earth Day 2030, I really hope we can just focus on renewable energy instead of nonrenewable.”
I encourage you to watch the entire video and share it on your personal social networks, spreading the hopeful enthusiasm of these young people.
What can you and your family do for Earth Day 2017 and beyond? For one, you can march. This year, the March for Science will be taking place in Washington, DC, and scores of other cities on April 22, while the following Saturday, April 29, the People’s Climate March will be filling the streets of many major American cities.
Whether you march or not, there are plenty of ways you can take action and make your voice heard. For example, the Earth Day Network has multiple campaigns geared to help create a greener, more sustainable future. To find out more about those campaigns, click here.
Finally, you can share this post on your own social networks and include one of the Earth Day hashtags: #earthday or #marchforscience or #citizenscience. Here’s a sample tweet you can use:
Teens Talk Solar, Climate Change and Science on Earth Day 2017 #marchforscience http://bit.ly/NXEarthDay17
After all, although Earth Day takes place “officially” on April 22, those bright-eyed, engaged teenagers will remind you that every day is Earth Day.