Gianaris And Bryant H.S. Youth Activists Celebrate Earth Day
A group of Global Kids Leaders at William Cullen Bryant H.S. in LIC met with state Senator Michael Gianaris on April 23, for a forum to celebrate Earth Day and explore how young people can improve environmental conditions in Queens.
Gianaris imparted strategies to the student leaders on influencing public policy to improve air quality and energy efficiency in Western Queens. Global Kids was selected to receive a grant from the North Star Fund’s Greening Western Queens Fund in support of Bryant H.S. and Long Island City H.S. students organizing an environmental campaign to strengthen sustainability in their communities. A recent study by the federal Environmental Protection Agency on toxic emissions across the country listed Queens as the worst performing borough in the city in terms of controlling toxic emissions, perhaps accounting for the disproportionately high rates of asthma in Queens communities. Gianaris also spoke to 600 high school students at the Global Kids Annual Youth Conference on April 20, on the topic of climate change. The senator addressed environmental justice, as well as bills he has introduced that would increase penalties for polluters and others who violate our environmental laws.