Environmental Club

What we can look forwards to this year in the environmental club


The world we live in provides everything we need to sustain life. Oxygen from trees and plant life, food from animals and crops, pure and fresh water from streams and lakes. Everything we eat, drink, breathe, use, and build with is made from nature. Our complete and utter dependence on nature, however, does nothing to stop us from destroying it at incredible speeds. Though scientists tell us that we only have 12 years before climate change is irreversible, very little effort is being put into helping the environment. The environmental club at HVHS is planning to change that, one small step at a time.

“[The environmental club] is a club that is focused on helping the environment through simple means,” says Laura Gomez (12), the president of the club.

“Originally when this club started, nobody at this school recycled,” said Mrs. Woods, the teacher sponsor of the environmental club. “So I started the environmental club with a focus on recycling. Unfortunately, I did it for about four years and it was basically just me taking everyone’s recycling. The environmental club has been slowly evolving.. this year we are going to be more like activists, so promoting the Roanoke County environment, the ecosystem, and the wildlife.”

Mrs. Woods said that the club plans to help out Dr. Timothy Spence, Latin club sponsor, with his garden, and they also hope to be able to create a bee garden. “[creating a bee garden] would be really cool because William Byrd and Glenver have bee garden’s,” she said.

Laura Gomez (12) was able to offer some more insight into what the club wants to do this year. “We want to do a lot of stuff outside. That’s always fun. We hope to do some trail clean-ups.” She also mentioned plans for a vegetarian potluck. “It would be vegetarian because meat is really bad for the environment.”

Another thing the environmental club is campaigning against is plastic. “We want to get the school to use more sustainable materials in the cafeteria, because Styrofoam and plastic are so bad for the environment,” said Gomez. The school has already taken a step in that direction with reusable trays, but the bowls used to hold the food, the drink containers, and the utensils in the cafeteria are all made of plastic, Styrofoam, or metal that could be recycled or, as the environmental club has suggested, replaced with biodegradable materials.

“The biggest obstacle to this would be the cost,” said Mrs. Woods. And indeed, a lack of funds is one of the biggest problems the environmental club has. But club president Laura Gomez thinks there is a way to finance their activities. “We want to do a fundraiser, maybe sell reusable bags.”

The other problem the club had to face is a relatively small membership. “We had about ten active members last year,” said Mrs. Woods. I don’t know how many members we will get this year, because we haven’t had our first meeting yet, but we would like to have 20 to 30 really active members, that’s our goal.”