Members of PMSA’s Go Green Club, with the help of the Forest Preserve, are working to save the world by planting trees and going green.
Last week, over 30 students in the Go Green Club partnered with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County to plant over 20 bur oak trees at the intersection of Roosevelt and 1st Avenue.
Go Green Club Sponsor Charlette Broxton said this was an idea that students came up with to be more environmentally conscious and to help preserve their environment.
“Initially it was just a small idea and then it became so exciting,” said Diana Ribera, PMSA junior and founder of the Go Green Club. “I really do believe that our environment is deteriorating and global warming is a huge issue right now. So, planting these trees was an honor. The environment gives us so much, and now we are giving back to the environment.”
Trees renew our air supply by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year. Planting trees is a common way to restore natural harmony to the urban environment.
PMSA students say the tree planting was a small step toward supporting a green environment and turning PMSA into a greener place.
“It was a messy job,” said PMSA Freshman Jordan Williams. “But it was pretty cool because I felt like the tree belonged to me, and I really did my part to help the environment. I know some people really don’t believe in global warming, but I believe it. Even though I haven’t done much to help, planting the trees was a start. I hope to do more.”
The Forest Preserve donated the 22 trees and assisted the students in planting them. PMSA students named each tree. And although preserve officials say it will take over 300 years for the trees to fully mature, the students hope to come back to visit the trees for years to come.
Next the Go Green Club is working on a proposal to help PMSA get a solar panel roof.