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!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Join the Many Trying to Help the Gowanus

The Gowanus Canal is naturally thought of as a dump.  There is this Italian man who owns a pizzeria and has a hope for the Gowanus that it could be like Venice with mini villas, cafes, and since he was born in Italy, he wanted it to remind him of his home.

My art class from school joined A.G.A.S.T. (Annual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour).  Visit the official A.G.A.S.T. site at

Each fourth grade class made six strips of scenery.  Our teacher Miss Kimball put them on canvas after we had collaged our strips.  For more info about this project go to
We designed what we hoped would be the future of the Gowanus Canal.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Elephant Seals!

I went to Las Piedras Blancas, an elephant seal rookery, along the central coast of California.  Elephant seals mate, molt and give birth there.  The seals looked so lazy and happy on the beach, but they have such a sad history.

In 1880, people thought they were all extinct from hunting, but a few survived on an island off the coast of Mexico.  The elephant seal population today is 150,000 and still growing!  This only happened after Mexico and the US declared no tampering, harassing or hunting elephant seals.

The male seals grow up to 14 feet long and have big flaps over their noses.  Females grow up to 12 feet long and have no flaps over their noses.  The ones I saw were females and pups.  They were molting, lying in the sand, throwing sand on themselves so they didn't get sunburned and barking at each other.  We were driving up highway one after we had a brief visit at Hearst Castle and pulled over to the side of the road and looked out to the the beach and saw hundreds or thousands of elephant seals lying on the beach.  Some were in the water and some were just lazing in the sand.  They were so cute, some looked like they were smiling, especially one who was nuzzling her nose in the sand.  She's the one in the picture in the photo section of my blog.

If you want to find out more, go to

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Oil Spills and How to Make Your Carbon Footprint Smaller

Oil spills are effecting the animals on our planet especially sea creatures.  When the oil spills it gets stuck to sea otters' fur and clogs whale's breathing holes.  An oil spill is a release of  liquid petroleum and hydrocarbon.  Sometimes oil spills can take years to clean up, but the good news is people are finding out new ways to make their carbon foot prints smaller and are also finding new energy sources.

This is how people are making their carbon footprints smaller:  Buy carbon offsets when you take long airplane flights.  Ride your bike or walk instead of driving or take public transportation.  Use flourescent lightbulbs instead of regular lightbulbs.  Compost, recycle, refuse, reduce and reuse.  If you have to, buy a hybrid car.

People are finding new energy sources: hydropower (waterpower), windpower and solar power.  The funny thing is that water, wind and sun have been around for millions of years.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Interview on Heal the Bay

I was visiting Los Angeles and interviewed LW, a member of Heal the Bay.  It is an organization in Los Angeles that goes around and tests water in  the bay of Los Angeles and Santa Monica.  LW says that they test the water for pollution to see if it is safe for people to go swimming and to see if it is safe for the animals.

While I was there I enjoyed the beach and saw dolphins. LW says that the ocean has gotten cleaner because the city has added storm drains and they have also started to dispose of pollutants in an eco-friendly way, so they don't just wash into the ocean.  

I wonder what happens in Brooklyn to all the waste and pollutants when it rains.  Does it go into the Gowanus canal, the bay, the ocean or just the plain old street?

Saturday, March 28, 2009


The green guerrillas are on the loose!  Rebels hope to greenify NYC!  They are distributing balls of clay filled with wild flower seeds and organic compost, putting them in vacant lots.

NYC is going green!  Everybody should join the big clean-up!
For more information and how to make seed bombs, go to:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Help!  Global warming is effecting the polar caps causing them to melt.  Polar bears, penguins, and other land animals that live there to have no ice to live on.  Carbondioxide comes from cars, waste and an amount of other chemicals.  When carbondioxide gets stuck on earth it's called the greenhouse effect.

 Here's how to help:

• walk more instead of driving or drive a hybrid
• use public transportation
• Have a good time cleaning up the earth!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Websites You Can Visit

To learn more about saving the earth you can go to these websites: and  

These websites teach you about why it's important to save the earth. 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Start the Big Clean-Up

Earth Hour is coming up so turn your lights off for one hour! 
Brooklyn Kids invite you to help out the environment, so start the big clean-up.
Here's How

Here's How:
• Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Refuse  
• Use public transportation or a bike  
• Don't litter  
• Go to neighborhood clean-ups
• You can even set up your own!