Unity Charter School students took time to attend the climate strike in Morristown, today.  Advocating for the environment isn’t new to Unity.  In 1998, when the school was founded, its mission was, “to provide an environment for learning, which fosters the development of the responsible use of freedom, promotes a choice of interests, in which to master fundamental concepts, and which encourages ownership and personal power within the context of an ecologically responsible community”. That idea to teach the importance of protecting and improving the environment by educating students on the principles of sustainability, ecology, and diversity in a way that celebrates and honors this planet and all its inhabitants is still a fundamental principle that is infused in everything it teaches.  It’s no wonder these students would make it a priority to attend this vital event. 

During the morning many of Unity’s students took time to address the participants.  Additionally, some led chants while others led the crowd in singing, “This Pretty Planet”, by Tom Chapin.  This is a song that is near and dear to their students.

Unity Charter School alumni, Angela one explained that “Climate Change is differences in global or regional climate patterns that exist in various regions due to increased pollution. Scientists believe people have caused pollution, with their unsustainable daily habits. This, in turn, causes global warming, which destroys habitats and could even bring extinction to some species.”  Another Unity alumni Fiona, once described global warming as, “what occurs when carbon dioxide and other air pollutants and greenhouse gases collect in the atmosphere and absorb sunlight and solar radiation that have bounced off the earth’s surface... These pollutants, which can last for years to centuries in the atmosphere, trap the heat and cause the planet to get hotter. That’s what's known as the greenhouse effect” (March 11, 2016, Amanda MacMillan).  It is obvious that our weather will continue to be more unpredictable as time marches on, but do not give up. Keep the hope of humans’ ability to change their ways by talking about climate change.”

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Unity is a truly special place. It believes that learning spans beyond textbooks and that education is most valuable when it prepares students to face the real-world challenges of today and tomorrow. Attending this climate strike was one such learning opportunity grounded in real-life issues. 

Unity Charter School is a tuition-free, public school in Morris Township that offers a unique approach to education for students from Kindergarten to 8th Grade throughout New Jersey. Enrollment is open to all New Jersey residents.

Unity Charter School will be hosting Open House: February 20, 2020: 7:00 pm