Our first ever spring Drawdown EcoChallenge is underway with over 5,300 participants and 650 teams learning about and taking action on the 100 most substantive solutions to global warming. In the first six days, participants have already saved over 26,000 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, spent over 28,000 minutes learning about new climate solutions, and eaten over 2,700 meatless or vegan meals in order to reduce food-related CO2 emissions.
Participants have also contacted public officials over 200 times to advocate for climate action, made 129 donations to related causes, and have travelled over 4,800 miles by bus or carpool. The Drawdown EcoChallenge will continue through Earth Day, ending on April 25th. You can track the impact in real time here. And, it isn’t too late to join!
Today we’re highlighting two inspiring Drawdown EcoChallenge highschool teams that are poised to make big impact.
In Asheville, North Carolina, Asheville Highschool has 155 students and teachers participating with a goal of every Environmental Science student on campus being able to identify, communicate, and practice concrete actions that reverse climate change. Sarah R., an Asheville High School student, shared her reflections on learning about and testing electric bikes. She shared, “I experienced a bit of a paradigm shift today with ebikes. They seem like a solid option for people who don’t identify as “cyclists” but who still want to commute to work or school or run errands on their bike. They may be also good for folks who may not be physically able to navigate hilly terrain like we have in Asheville… I strongly encourage all people to test ride electric bikes.”
Students at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon are also off and running in the Drawdown EcoChallenge, in 5th place overall with 72 team members. In the past six days, they have contacted 33 public officials, eaten over 70 meatless or vegan meals, and travelled oer 180 miles by carpool in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
One Lincoln Highschool student shared, “I care about taking action on climate change because it makes an impact in my local community. Many people who try to discredit local grassroots efforts of addressing climate change often state that the benefits brought in by small things like using LED bulbs, recycling more, etc. are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. But my belief is that these actions push and promote the idea that we should not take things for granted, which on a societal level does have an impact.”
We couldn’t agree more. Thanks to the many highschool students who are participating in the Drawdown EcoChallenge, and who are demonstrating that every individual has the power to take positive action and have an impact.
Ready to join the fun? You can learn more and create or join a team here.