EHS Environmental Club

The Ellensburg High School Environmental Club is staging a protest every Friday from 10:15 to 10:40 a.m. to bring awareness to clmate change.

Annie Schlanger, president of the Environmental Club at Ellensburg High School and her fellow classmates are among the many students around the world joining the Fridays for Future protests in the hopes to bring more awareness to climate change.

Holding handmade signs from cardboard scavenged from nearby dumpsters the group plans to protest every Friday from 10:15-10:40 a.m.

Schlanger said the group was inspired by the Sept. 20, global climate strike and wanted to continue the support by letting the Ellensburg community know local youth are passionate about protecting the Earth.

“Although we are just a small group of high schoolers, we feel it is more important now than ever to stand up for the change we want to see,” Schlanger said.

The club organizes its own walkouts and also participates in projects to help bring about cleaner and more efficient practices to reduce waste within the school. The EHS Environmental Club isn’t limited to the school grounds, in fact, the club currently is working on presenting a grant with the adviser for the Central Washington University Environmental Club and the food service director in the hopes to limit the use of Styrofoam at the school.

The club also has been working on creating sustainable trails by Reecer Creek to make it more accessible to community members, as well as participating in litter clean up days.

Although Schlanger is excited by the talks she sees on the TV and news outlets, she said it can sometimes be frustrating when that same excitement isn’t reciprocated in her hometown.

“You really need everybody in every town to vote, especially in this town, it’s a pretty right wing, conservative town,” Schlanger said. “When it comes down to voting for environmental issues, like on ballots and stuff, you really need everybody in every town to vote.”

Schlanger explained she and her club feel restricted by their age since it requires the action of adults to vote on issues students see will impact them the most in the future.

When 16-year-old Schlanger closes her eyes and imagines the future she would like to see a future that is sustainable and a completely eco-friendly world with solar panels, no littering and no carbon emissions.

But at this time, Schlanger said to have that future she needs the support of her community and she hopes the club can make its presence known, even if it means missing class time.

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