Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township, PA — While most area high school students were enjoying a beautiful spring day on Sunday, a group of about 20 local students was marching, chanting and demonstrating on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr.  The cause was a local one — raising awareness about the need to save the planet and our atmosphere.

Saguna Malhotra, a Senior at The Agnes Irwin School, was the groups' official spokesperson.  She and some friends were representing Agnes Irwin while others were from Baldwin and the Shipley School. Malhotra is an energetic and dynamic leader that wants Montgomery County and Delaware County to do their part in protecting the planet bu using 100% renewable energy,

"Bryn Mawr is an excellent spot to help raise awareness of the need to use renewable energy and fuels to help save the planet," said Malhotra. "We picked this spot because Lancaster Avenue is a highly trafficked area, and today the Clover Market is open with hundreds of people right across the street, and the Ludington Library is here, open, and it has the perfect amount of space right here out front," she said.  

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Malhotra introduced herself to Scott Zelov, a Commissioner for Lower Merion Township who was just leaving from the Clover Market. The Clover Market is a craft fair that is held in Bryn Mawr about twice a year, and it allowed this ambitious group to have a guaranteed audience.

Lower Merion Township Commission Scott Zelov and Agnes Irwin Student Saguna Malhotra a Senior


Zelov and Malhotra spent a few minutes chatting, and when she returned to the group, she was beaming from ear to ear.  Her conversation with Zelov apparently went well, and she appeared genuinely pleased to have spoken with the commissioner.  

The group had lively music playing from a microphoned audio system where their chants could be heard by those at the market and others passing in their cars. The atmosphere was upbeat and lively, and the students were encouraged by giving traffic where many cars beeped their horns in support.   

When asked about the group, Malhotra stated that most of the student assembled had already been accepted to prestigious universities across the country.  She was heading off to the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

"We only have one planet and by tackling the problem at a local level — the county level, then maybe the politicians will take notice," said one of the students.

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