Environmental Action Club coordinates Car Free Day

Members of the Environmental Action Club  hand out bracelets for Car Free Day. The event took place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and was intended to raise awareness for environmental issues and reduce the school's carbon footprint.

Contributed by Lily Bermel

Members of the Environmental Action Club hand out bracelets for Car Free Day. The event took place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 and was intended to raise awareness for environmental issues and reduce the school's carbon footprint.

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The Environmental Action Club coordinated a Car Free Day at the high school Wednesday, Oct. 5 to raise awareness for environmental friendliness and to help minimize the school’s carbon footprint.

According to senior Lily Bermel, members of the club stood before school by a table in the atrium to advertise their cause.

“We set up in the atrium and we gave out bracelets,” Bermel said. “When people walked into the atrium, we asked them how they got to school and if they didn’t drive we gave them a bracelet and had them sign a petition that said they’d be willing to commit to reducing their carbon footprint.”

According to junior Hannah Stern Pait, the club had specific goals for the day.

“We wanted people to start not driving everywhere and use more environmentally friendly modes of transportation,” Stern Pait said.

According to Stern Pait, there was an international Car Free Day that took place on Sept. 22, so the high school was unique in having its own on Wednesday.

According to Bermel, the club hopes that Car Free Day will become an annual occurrence at the high school. In the future, she hopes that the club can get the word out more.

“I think we gave out 200 or more bracelets and that’s just people who walk into the atrium,” Bermel said. “I think we could have done more marketing for the event. I don’t think a lot of people knew about it. I’m sure a lot more than 200 kids did walk or bike to school.”

According to senior Lily Bermel, the Environmental Action Club aims to work on projects that can make a real difference in the community.

“What’s cool about the club is that we do real projects and are trying to make changes either in the town, through town hall, or actually in the high school,” Bermel said.

In addition to Car Free Day, according to Bermel, the club is working on other ideas relating to recycling, compost, and more.

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