Friday, January 21, 2011


I'm sorry I haven't written in awhile.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Sorry, I haven't written in a while.  I've  been busy with a program called Eco-tech School.  Eco-tech is a group that is working on helping the third most polluted city in the world!  Here's a link to Eco-techs ABC broadcast

Saturday, June 5, 2010





super funded!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

EPA Meeting for the Gowanus Canal !!

On the 21st of January, Brooklyn Kids for Change went to an EPA meeting about the Gowanus Canal.   The EPA held this meeting because they are about to start research on the canal and maybe call it a Superfund site.  A superfund site is a place where the EPA is trying to help a toxic site.  Natalie, the community involvement coordinator and Christos Tsiamis, the manager for the Gowanus project, were speaking and holding the meeting.  My friend, my dad and I spoke up in front of the crowd of 50!

Councilmembers Steve Levin and Brad Lander were there.  In this video, Brad Lander welcomed Brooklyn Kids for Change up in front of the crowd.  We went to the EPA meeting because we are concerned about the Gowanus. (Of course!)  While we were there, we learned about CAG, TAG and TASC groups.  A CAG is a community advisory group, a forum for all interests in the community where there's a superfund site.  Who can participate in a CAG?  Members of the local community, local environmental or public interest groups (that's us!) who can attend meetings as needed.  You would have to go to about 15 meetings per year! For more on CAGs go here.   When Natalie from the EPA took questions, we asked how old you have to be to be eligible for a CAG or TAG!  Natalie said she would highly recommend for people to invite us into a CAG or TAG!
A TAG is a Technical Assistance Grant.  You get $50,000 for hiring a scientist who is an expertiste on certain environmental issues.  The scientist checks the EPA's work on the research of your superfund site to make sure the information is right.
A TASC is technical assistance services for the community.  It is EPA sponsored.  The TASC will provide stuff to help educate the members of the community about the superfund site. 
Finally, I think the Gowanus Canal being called a Superfund site would be great, especially for the man at the Guido Funeral Parlor who would like it to become a replica of Venice! 

Saturday, December 26, 2009


I am in West Virginia.  We were driving up Backbone Mountain to start hiking and we passed a reclaimed surface coal mine.  My uncle told us about the reclaimed mine and how the trees were clear cut and the water was polluted by the mining.  Now that the land has been reclaimed by the people of the state there is just a big hole with water draining down into a sludge pond. The sludge pond is full of pollution. They planted trees but they are all one kind of pine tree and are not like the forest before the mining started.

My uncle also told me about hydrofracking. A lot of power comes from natural gas.  We used to be able to get this natural gas by simply drilling a hole in the ground and the gas would come out.  Most of that gas has been used up. Now they've found little pockets in shale.  They can get the gas out by drilling a hole and shooting water and chemicals down into the shale to get the gas. The danger of hydrofracking is that these chemicals may seep into people's and animal's drinking water. People can and are getting very sick. It is already happening here in West Virginia, but they want to start doing it in New York.  In New York they want to start hydro fracking under the watershed.  This could lead to polluting New York City water and more people getting sick. Start fighting against hydrofracking now!

On the same drive we saw windmills making windpower.  If we could have more non-polluting energy like this people would not need to depend on coal and hydrofracking.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Election Day!

Public School Parents Call for Greener, Healthier Schools

Today is the election for city council.  We are keeping our fingers crossed for Brad Lander to win.  Why?  I met Brad Lander in Carroll Park while putting up Brooklyn Kids for Change flyers with my friends.  I told him about my blog. He told us if he gets elected or not as city councilman, he will help us with our community services and blog!

(Earlier this year, our blog site shut down so we were trying to get it back up on the web and we successfully have.  We are now waiting to schedule our meetings in parks and community gardens.)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Save The Pandas

 My friend me and sold cupcakes on the street and raised twenty-seven dollars, and are sending it to a company who will use it to help pandas!   Why did we chose pandas?  We chose pandas because their an endangered species and are adorable in my opinion!

 Pandas homes are being destroyed to create more farm land, pandas do not only depend on their homes for  just shelter but for food.  If their homes are destroyed the pandas could go extinct and we don't want this to happen, think what would it be like with your kids never getting to see a panda, or a black bear, in the zoo or to be able to watch the national geographic channel and see  footage that was only shot a week ago, so in conclusion help save the pandas!