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“Green School”

This was the first Student Appreciation Day that I did not organize, and looking at it from a different perspective made me realize how “green” we are. First, StuCo scheduled this event on the FridaysForFuture Friday, creating less enthusiasm and involvement throughout high schoolers. At 9:00 AM, the whole school smelled like the Chiquitanía burning. Turns out it was not a fire, instead, it was Mr. Otis, with an ear-to-ear smile, cooking juicy and tasty burgers. This is not enough evidence to determine whether this school is green or not. However, it was at brunch where I realized I was totally wrong about what a “green” school means. I was walking down the stairs when I encountered myself with a humongous GREEN balloon that was getting in the way of a FridaysForFuture poster. 

I thought that a green school meant an environmentally friendly and eco-friendly infrastructure where activities to reduce energy, meat, and resource consumption are held while saving a little bit of money. Well, NO. A green school is a school where previous activities are held exactly the same while using green (colored) decorations. I was totally wrong as you guys can see. 

I thought that GIN and passionate students were actually changing the school’s mindset. NO. The school will not change. 

I am aware of the fact that I do not do anything to reduce the damage to the environment either. However, I do not label myself as if I were to do something. I am so focused on my university applications and planning my life, that I cannot concentrate on saving the planet; and in fact, I do not want to. It is not that I am not aware of the problems we will have, or that climate change is coming soon. It is the fact that I am not brave enough to be willing to give up traveling (by airplane especially), using my phone, or doing some other dangerous stuff. I am a coward who prefers to use all of that rather than actually work to create a safe future for the next generations.

So, the end. Again, I have to tell you my honest opinion. Well, do not label yourself as something or someone you want to become. First, become what you want to become and then label yourself.

Matias Mercado

Matías Mercado Grossman is a 12th grader. He writes opinion editorials and is an editor for the Newspaper Team. His favorite movie is 12 Angry Men.

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