Teens want to bring green jobs to their local community, in an effort to create employment and fight global warming.
Students from Edwardsville High School went out into their community to distribute and get signatures on a petition to bring up to 32,000 clean jobs to the state of Illinois. They are part of a statewide non profit organizaation Green LYFE (Leading Youth For the Environment) Network. The group was formerly known as the Illinois Youth Environmental Network (YEN) and has the goal of educating and empowering students to work against global warming.
“This summer, I was trained by Al Gore through the Climate Reality Project in Toronto,” said Edwardsville student Eden Vitoff. “At training, I learned how to petition and brought these skills back to Edwardsville and shared them with other students.”
During August, Vitoff and 15 other students were in downtown Edwardsville, asking people to sign a petition that supported the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill.
According to Vitoff, the bill would create up to 32,000 clean jobs in the state, and 1,600 of those would be in Madison County. “Through the petition, we urge our local legislators and Governor Bruce Rauner to support this bill and show their commitment to transition to a sustainable future in Illinois,” he said.