Wareham High School students receive approval to start environmental club

By Lydia Goerner | Nov 01, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Alisha Papadakis, left, and Lillian Pierro present their proposal to start an environmental club at Wareham High School.

Wareham High School will be adding a new club focused on nature and the environment after students petitioned the School Committee for the addition Wednesday night.

High school students Lillian Pierro and Alisha Papadakis asked the board to allow an environmental club at the school. Papadakis pointed out that most science classes at the high school are full and have a lot of interest from students. More than 50 students signed the petition to start the environmental club, which hasn’t existed at the high school since 2003.

Club members plan to reconnect with nature through kayaking, hikes and camping. There will also be town cleanups and efforts to reduce waste and encourage recycling in the school.

School Committee Vice-Chair Geoff Swett asked whether the club will allow for discussion of controversial environmental issues.

“The Wareham environmental club will be important for showing everyone’s point of view,” Pierro said.

But the club will be more focused on nature, not on debate, students said. Club members want to give students an opportunity to participate in new activities.

“Don’t take your iPhone out there in a waterproof bag,” advised Chair Judy Caporiccio, before the board unanimously approved the club. “Go out there and just be quiet.”

Comments (21)
Posted by: Stargirl | Nov 03, 2017 10:59

Alisha and Lillian - on behalf of the Wareham Land Trust Board of Directors, way to go! This is great news! We will definitely be reaching out to you in the near future. Thank You!!



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Nov 03, 2017 13:11

Will discussion on the fact that Climate change is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated to line the pockets of a select few be allowed?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 03, 2017 18:37

Unfortunately, the climate change you speak of has been force fed in schools for decades.  Younger generations don't know any different and accept it as fact.

 

The climate does change, but not because of all the hype that it is man's fault. It has been changing for billions of years, long before humans had any influence on it.

 

Humans may not be responsible for climate change, but we're definitely not off the hook about making a mess of the world in other ways.  Pollution and environment destruction alone are apparent and undisputably real.  It sounds like this club will be more focused on that.  I hope so and support their efforts if that's the case.  Wareham offers so much beautiful nature to enjoy, these kids definitely have plenty of activities.

 

 



Posted by: WWreader | Nov 04, 2017 11:28

Spherebreaker, please give us proof that someone is lining their pockets over this supposed"hoax." And Wareham Sea, only 97% of the earth scientists in this country agree that carbon pollution by man is accelerating climate change. If 97% of the doctors in this country told you that you had a serious disease that could be treated, would you refuse treatment and call it a hoax? Your logic defies logic.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 04, 2017 17:13

I Googled it too...yea, the 97% stat pops right up.  Maybe it's true about American earth scientists. That led me to Google something else.  Even if carbon dioxide is doing what they say it is, America's emissions of it are dwarfed by that of China.  Anything done here is like peeing on a forest fire.  Why even talk about it.  It can't be treated in time.  Oh yea, I called it hype, not hoax.  I'm not arguing that we aren't emitting.  I'm just not on board that it is solely responsible for climate change (aka global warming).  Agricultural methane, arctic methane, CO2 from volcanos, and many more naturally occurring things contribute to greenhouse gas.



Posted by: WWreader | Nov 05, 2017 09:53

Most of the things you mention come from nature, not humans. Scientists never claimed humans are the only cause of the acceleration of climate change. I'm happy to hear you don't have children or grandchildren or eventually great grandchildren because the air they breath and the water they drink can affect their health. By your logic, it's ok to pollute since others who pollute are worse. So don't bother? Again, your logic defies logic.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Nov 05, 2017 15:46

Reader, No one thinks its alright to pollute and no one is against reasonable efforts to reduce outputs. What I am against is the wholesale effort to ruin the economy and business by environmental whakos for a minuscule reductions in outputs. One volcano can create as much green house gas and carbon as what man has ever created in short order. Why arent the experts shutting down these volcanos? The experts are blaming a faucet drip for flooding the basement while the water main is ruptured at the meter. As for people lining their pockets look to the so called 97% of experts. Why would they ever say that things are good when their grant money would dry up. Why would Al Gore ever tell the truth while he is making million perpetuating the myth? Why because its inconvenient them and the money machine they have created.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Nov 05, 2017 15:46

Reader, No one thinks its alright to pollute and no one is against reasonable efforts to reduce outputs. What I am against is the wholesale effort to ruin the economy and business by environmental whakos for a minuscule reductions in outputs. One volcano can create as much green house gas and carbon as what man has ever created in short order. Why arent the experts shutting down these volcanos? The experts are blaming a faucet drip for flooding the basement while the water main is ruptured at the meter. As for people lining their pockets look to the so called 97% of experts. Why would they ever say that things are good when their grant money would dry up. Why would Al Gore ever tell the truth while he is making million perpetuating the myth? Why because its inconvenient them and the money machine they have created.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 05, 2017 15:55

WWReader,

Hold your horses, look at my first comment when I state how we made a mess of the world through pollution and environmental destruction.  Just because I haven’t swallowed the global warming thing whole and just because I see challenges with trying to regulate developing nations doesn’t mean I don’t acknowledge that there are big problems.  I do have kids and my degree, certifications, and career are all environmentally related.  Please don’t try to package me up as some kind of anti-environment type.  Since I was a child I’ve been loving Wareham’s waters by boating, fishing, shell fishing, etc.  I know Buzzard’s Bay north of Stony Point Dike like the back of my hand due to 40+ years of activity. I’ve voluntarily monitored invasive plants, the demise of eelgrass, the effects of  nitrogen and resulting eutrophication.  I just caught a beautiful schoolie, admired it, and released it.  I just went Tautaug fishing with my parents and my kids. We respectfully took fish according to regulations and had it for dinner the following night.  It doesn’t get much better than that when it comes to appreciating and respecting what our environment has to offer.

 



Posted by: WWreader | Nov 06, 2017 08:08

Wareham Sea, I did read your first comment. How someone who claims to have a "degree, certifications, and career all environmentally related" could also say, "Anything done here is like peeing on a forest fire.  Why even talk about it.  It can't be treated in time" is beyond me. It's almost as ridiculous as Sphere saying we should shut down the volcanoes. If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Oh yeah, really nice that you throw the fish back, but not sure how that will help climate change.



Posted by: Spherebreaker | Nov 06, 2017 10:27

Reader, I guess you never heard of sarcasm.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 07, 2017 08:05

And a little facetiousness on top of Sphere's sarcasm.  I don't think we are as far apart as you think.  To answer your question:. It's because I'm an practical engineer, not a scientist or overly passionate environmentalist.  True, throwing the fish back does nothing to help climate change, neither do the new spring  loaded nozzle ventless gas cans that spill more gas and release more vapor than anything that preceded them.  Anyone that's ever used  one agrees. Who in their right mind approved those? See how foolish environmentally focused efforts can be?



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 07, 2017 08:26

Or waterless urinals.  They are supposed to help the environment somewhere but definitely not the environment in the men's room or within nose shot of the men's room door.  They smells like a homeless camp and a pen full of goats.  They look like an un-flushed urinal full of curly hairs, chewing gum, paper towels, and other nasty things.  How is that progress?  Hundreds of years of development in plumbing technology and we've gone back to the equivalent of a chamber pot!  Yet they have ribbon cutting ceremonies when foolish things like that are implemented.



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Nov 07, 2017 10:50

A very positive article about Wareham High Students who came before the school committee and successful petitioned for an environmental club, the purposes of which to quote the article are:

 

"Club members plan to reconnect with nature through kayaking, hikes and camping. There will also be town cleanups and efforts to reduce waste and encourage recycling in the school."

 

And what happens? The discussion following morphs off topic into sarcasm, facetiousness and Wareham by the Sea's toilet talk. Not funny, not beneficial to the topic of the article, just a very sad, unfortunate distraction from good news about good kids.

 

 

 

 



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 07, 2017 21:44

Andrea, It’s been a while since you’ve repremanded me.  I guess that’s because I’ve toned it down a bit lately.  This certainly is a very positive article.  The comments did morph.  That happens.  None were negative towards the kids or their club.  I can quote the article too:  “The Wareham Environmental Club will be important for showing everyone’s point of view.  I’d see no issue with the kids in the club reading this thread of comments.  They are tame, civil, and actually great at showing differing perspectives.



Posted by: 181mph | Nov 07, 2017 23:15

LMFAO,,,  tame. civil and great at different perspectives,

there was only one post about the environmental club, the rest of the posts were by the political bullies club



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 08, 2017 07:21

Political...really 181...are you sure?  I may have an opinionated style, but I make a point of not including politics in my comments.  I don't talk politics and I don't attack other fellow commenters on here.



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Nov 08, 2017 11:15

Wareham by the Sea - With just a little extra effort any one of the people who chose to morph the discussion away from good news about good kids and into climate change "hoax" verses "hype"  and vivid descriptions of  "waterless urinals" could have drafted a new discussion topic and posted the topic under "What's New." Doing so would no doubt have generated a lively discussion while at the same time keeping the focus of this article on good news about good kids.

 



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 09, 2017 12:49

Andrea, I can't disagree, although it it was convienent and continued to flow where it started.  I can't speak for the others, but I am unaware of "What's New" and a I didn't find it after a quick search.



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Nov 09, 2017 21:17

Wareham by the Sea - to find "What's New"

 

1) look at the very top blue border of the online edition of Wareham Week.

 

2) Then look at the left corner of the top blue border.

 

3) Measure down from the top left of the blue border approximately two and one half inches and you will see a small rectangular blue box, similar color blue as the border, but slightly brighter in hue. Inside the small rectangular blue box you will see the words "What's New."

 

4) Beneath the words "What's New" there is a column which contains a listing of recently posted staff stories, and if any reader has recently posted a reader discussion it will also be listed in the column. Click on any staff stories or reader discussions listed in the column and it will take you to the story or reader discussion.

 

If you want to post a reader discussion:

 

1) Move your mouse to the word "post" which appears in red type just above the front page picture and a drop box will appear, click on the "discussion" option.

 

2) The rest of the procedure to post a discussion should be easily understood, but if it's not easy for you to understand, or if the above directions I have provided are not clear enough for you, I suggest you click on the "contact us" (Wareham Week staff) option which appears in the black border at the bottom of the page and request assistance from a staff member.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Nov 10, 2017 08:07

Thanks Andrea,  I am on a tablet right now and they’re a slightly different. Everything goes as instructed but it doesn’t get past the red “post” when selected.  I will try from a laptop later.  I did somehow originate a post when I wrote about the Wareham Gateway Lighthouses, so I may have been in there before.

 

Speaking of which, that valid effort did not succeed.  At least not yet.  The lighthouse opposite the police station is just coming back into view because the leaves are falling.  My posts (both 2016 & 2017 seasons) did get responses from selectmen, which impressed me.  Last response from Mr. Slavin was about technicalities of ownership...town vs. state vs. private.  That is true and considerable if cutting down the trees. They only need to be trimmed.  Trimming should be permissible.  If you were my next door neighbor (imagine that), I could legally trim your trees if they overhang or obstruct my property.  This case should be similar.  Maybe I’ll post something again.



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