One Green Activist At a Time – Eva B. from Locke Elementary

As we jump into the new school year, here’s a letter from a student highlighting what we’re all about – inspiring the next generation of students to take action.

Climate Cycle has partnered with Locke Elementary, an International Baccalaureate (IB) school on Chicago’s Northwest Side, for a little over two years now. Locke student Eva B. was one of the participants in the 2014 Ride/Stride to Recharge, responded to our post-event survey, and subsequently won a Climate Cycle jersey.

Locke Elementary student Eva Bernatek. © Thomas Marquez

Hi There,

I’m Eva Bernatek. Do you care about greening our Earth? Well, I do. I participated in the Stride because I believe that with the Climate Cycle Stride our school, Locke Elementary, would become greener. Last year we won solar panels and this year we won a pedal powered classroom system!

Now we are able to use pedal power at Locke School for powering lights, projectors, computers and many other things.

Greening the world means a lot to me. If everyone on this planet wants to keep living in a beautiful world, we cannot continue an unhealthy lifestyle and keep polluting. We need to turn off lights when we do not use them and conserve our resources. We need to live by the green rules of reuse, reduce, recycle – the 3 R’s! For example we could car pool and use solar energy much more. Every bit counts. There is so much more we can do to change this world for the better.

That is what greening the Earth means to me, and the reason I participated in the Stride. Remember, every bit counts.




In addition to the solar panel array we awarded to Locke Elementary as part of the 2012-2013 cycle of Green Schools Grants, participating students at Locke were also the recipients of 3.4 watt solar charger kits to power their phones or mp3 players. As part of the 2013-2014 cycle of Green Schools Grants, we’ve awarded them a pedal powered classroom system, to be delivered this fall.

Solar panels, solar charger kits, and pedal power – generating renewable energy as part of the Clean Energy Movement.