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The Making of an Environmental Activist

February 15, 2009

When I Grow Up ...

Booh came home with this homework sheet, “What would be your dream job when you are an adult?” for vocational week at her school. Her answer, “I want to be an environmental activist.”

Right now she wants to save the ants that are coming back with the winter thaw at her school  She’s rallied her classmates and teachers together to support her “cause'” and for the second year in a row she and her classmates have  created posters saying, “Dot step on the awntss!  Woch awcht! ” (Read: “Don’t step on the ants!  Watch out!)  They’ve posted these signs throughout the school  This desire to protect the ants comes from her love of insects.  She use to want to be a Bug Doctor.  Makes sense that now she wants to be an environmental activist.

How does she know about environmental activism? She knows from stories I’ve shared about work I’ve done as a young environmental activist participating in non-violent civil disobedience.  And I’ve read stories to her about other non-violent peace, social and environmental activists, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and  Julia Butterfly Hill.  After learning about Julia Butterfly Hill, she did a sit-in in one of the trees in our front yard to protect it from being cut down.  I had to reassure her that we had no plans on clear-cutting our front yard!


Fruit Flies & Fireflies

November 1, 2006


At Booh’s preschool they have two classes, the Morning Glory Class and Firefly Class. Morning Glories are the younger kids (2.9 -4) and Fireflies are the older kids (4-5). Last year Booh was a Morning Glory, graduating this summer to a Firefly.

This fall the Firefly class made apple dolls. They used “prickles” (cloves) for the eyes and poked popsicle sticks in them. When I arrived to bring her home she protested our departure and I insisted. Said exclaimed she wanted to “eat someone’s head off!” I suggested her apple doll’s head as her snack. Much to my dismay it became her snack indeed.

Last year the Morning Glory class made Dried Apple Shrunken Heads. Whole apples were studded with clove faces and left to shrivel up and dry. By the end of the week they were covered with a swarm of fruit flies. We were infested with fruit flies that fall and I swore it was from the apple art she made at school that was grimacingly displayed on our kitchen counter.

I was happy this year to have apple art she could actually eat, and to bring home a little Firefly rather than fruit flies!