Friday, June 26, 2015

Have a Great Summer from the Award Winning Green STUDIO




We WON the Golden Apple and Golden Shovel Awards

We won this for our Green Studio!  Citywide!

Some worms helped us win this!

Hear about plans for award money in September.




A Meadow of Flowers on Rapelye Street





Movable beds are home to pollinator attracting plants.


They also happen to  attract a lot of people too!







By the way, Rapelye Street is named after a Dutch family.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joris_Jansen_Rapelje

Field of Dreams

Chalk on the sidewalk; Wwriting on the wall says:  "596 Acres--I Can Be A lot Greener."
Fifth graders helped Johanna move this bed to Cole Street Triangle to help people visualize a field of green.


Write to organizers@596acres.org if you want it greener too! Write that you want the Cole Street Triangle to be turned into a pollinator garden run by BNS/BCS students, families, and staff.





First Grade Farmers Enjoying Harvest












Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fourth Graders Started the School Year Chalking The Sidewalk

To show where the forests and wetlands of Brooklyn used to be...


And end it by chalking the Cole Street Triangle to show what the future might be...
A green and growing butterfly garden.

Would you rather the world be black or green?







Cora's and Josh's Fourth Graders Write About Fracking

I think that fracking should stop.

I think this because:  we have other sources of energy so all of this is kind of pointless.  Also, it is very bad for the environment because the methane gas leaks into the air.  it is a major cause of global climate change.  Also, fracking can cause small earthquakes.  Fracking uses a lot of water.  This water is then dirty.

That is why I think that people should stop fracking. Period.

Rachel


In my opinion fracking is horrible.  You can say it gives people more jobs. Whatever! I don't care!

The gas and oil companies that are doing the drilling are lying.  They say that the fresh water, the tap water and the streams are still perfectly clean now that they are fracking.  But then, how do they explain the brain tumors, cancer and massive headaches of some people living near the drilling?  And how do they explain the drinking water that people could set on fire, shown in the documentary, GASLAND?  That documentary shows houses within a mile of drills whose water is explosive.  So they are living in healthy houses that become horribly unhealthy and could explode any minute.  The documentary shows people walking near drilling with gas masks on.  That's how dangerous the air is.

Yesterday, a report form the past 10 years by the United States EPA came out on fracking. It took them 10 years to find out that some drinking water could get contaminated.

Leo

I think fracking is bad.  it is a major cause of global warming.  It also leaks chemicals into the groundwater, which can poison humans, animals and plants.  Even though gas is one of the cleanest forms of fossil fuel, it still hurts our environment.  It also costs a lot to frack.  Even though a solar panel or water wheel still costs a lot, it's cleaner and, once you have it, you just need to install it.  You don't need to move to different places, too, as you do in fracking.  Therefore, I think that the cons outweigh the pros of fracking.  And that conclusion makes me think that fracking is bad.

Kai

In my opinion fracking is not a good thing.  Basically fracking is when you take a rock called shale and drill a hole horizontally into the rock.  This will fracture the shale making tiny cracks in it.  The cracks will not close up because of sand.  Then the gas escapes from the rock and the engineers catch it.  The gases are used to heat homes and power ovens. There are a lot of pros and cons to fracking.  A pro is that we have a lot of natural gas and if we frack the cost of fuel will go down.  A con is when people frack methane gas leaks into ground water and some people's water has that gas in it which can cause their water to catch on fire.  It can also make them sick from drinking the gas.  Fracking can also cause earthquakes.  To me the pros save you money and stuff but the cons are a lot worse--like causing people to get very sick.  That is why I think fracking is not good and should stop.

Celeste

I feel that fracking is not good for the environment and should not be allowed.  I also feel that fracking is bad for the health of humans.  I will share a few of the reasons why I feel this way below.  

Fracking can waste a lot of water and puts methane gas in the earth [natural gas] into drinking water and if sparks or fire get close to it, it explodes.  Fracking can also make small earthquakes that shake up the ground.

Fracking can poison people and animal with diseases.  Plants can shrivel up because of too much fracking.

Certainly the facts above have proved to you that fracking should not be allowed.  Fracking is destructive to our earth and ecosystem. Fracking affects the lives of people, animals, and plants on our beautiful earth.

Ibrahima