Sample Letter from Teacher to Parents
about the Vermont School Carbon Challenge
Make the World a Better Place…and win $5,000 for your school!
It may be hard to imagine that what we do here in the rural state of Vermont
could possibly contribute to changes in the Earth's climate. . . but each
day our vehicles, homes, schools, etc. emit tons of heat-trapping greenhouse
gases to the air. When you add up these emissions from all your own, your
friends', and your neighbors' activities and then add to that all the activities
happening every day on our planet . . . it truly adds up.
However, a growing number of Vermonters and people around the globe are
taking actions now to reduce their contributions of, in particular, CO2
an important greenhouse gas. It’s not too late to join them and
be part of the global solution to climate change.
We at the (Name of School) are taking our role as responsible climate
stewards seriously – and hope that you too will join us in an effort
to reduce the generation of greenhouse gases. Throughout the school year
we will be talking about climate change; the environment; and how all the
small things we do, taken together, make a BIG difference. We hope that
by empowering young Vermonters to take action – at school AND at
home – we can avoid the feeling of powerlessness that often comes
when talking about the many challenges before us.
To lend structure to our exploration of what it takes to be a responsible
climate steward our class/school is participating in the Vermont
School Carbon Challenge offered by the Vermont Agency of
Natural Resources in partnership with the Vermont Department of Education
and Carbonrally.com. Your son/daughter is part of our class/school “team”, (name
of team), that will be doing what we can to reduce the carbon footprint
of our school and community. The rules of the challenge allow us to take
credit for what families are able to accomplish at home as well. Thus,
you too as parents are part of our team. We hope you will join with us
as active participants in the Vermont School Carbon Challenge as
we vie for one of the prizes offered by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.
I do hope you will decide to join us in our efforts. I will be sending
information home periodically to keep you apprised of our efforts and how
you can help. If you’d like to learn more about the challenge, please
visit the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Carbon Challenge website
In addition, I urge you to visit and explore the Carbonrally.com website
found on the Internet at:
In the future you will be able to track our progress both as a team and
as a school by visiting the “Leaderboard” at Carbonrally.com.
I look forward to working with you to promote greater environmental literacy,
personal efficacy, and greater hope for a climate-stable future.
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