Episode 220 - Environmental Crusaders

Original Airdate: 
Monday, May 9, 2011 - Sunday, May 15, 2011
Next Airdate: 
Monday, September 12, 2011 - Sunday, September 18, 2011

Eco Company tracks down teen climate crusaders, all with different approaches to their dedication. Jessica catches up with an inspirational teen from Ventura, CA, who has been an eco crusader since he was 12. From starting his own environmental non-profit organization to becoming the youngest presenter trained by Al Gore’s Climate Project, this high school sophomore isn’t taking climate change sitting down! Alec Loorz is now busy giving climate change presentations, taking his case to lawmakers, and writing a new Declaration of Independence…declaring our independence from fossil fuels and the influence of the fossil fuel industry. He says the future is in the hands of youth.

Next we visit a high school that was recently named the Greenest School in America in a national competition. As you can imagine, Irvington High School in Fremont, CA, is doing a lot to be green. On this day, the school’s environmental club “The Green Team” is conducting a trash audit. Yes, that means going through several days worth of school trash by putting on gloves and separating everything piece by piece into recyclable items, compostable items and trash that must go to the landfill. In the end, the process helps them decide where to put emphasis to improve their systems.

Then we follow one group of high school students who are getting their hands dirty by cultivating the earth in an organic garden they built. They enjoy working the earth and seeing the results of their hard work.

Next...teens as energy specialists? You bet! Jordan caught up with a group of teens trained to do energy audits at residential homes. How they learn to do that? They study up on their eco-facts and learn ways to save energy, water and MONEY for all of us. It's the kind of house call that's greening up the planet...one neighborhood at a time.

Finally Brendan meets up with two teens who are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic in the products and the packaging of stuff we buy. They are doing it by getting behind the camera...and in front of it as well!