Guest Opinion: BoCo Wild Writers: ‘Dear newly elected officials’


Editor’s Note: On Election Day, BoCo Wild Writers — an out of doors nature writing classroom for homeschooled youngsters — wrote these letters explaining how they want to be represented by our newly elected City Council members throughout the county. These letters have been submitted by their instructor and poet, Erin Robertson, who lives in Louisville, with permission from dad and mom.

Dear Newly Elected Officials:

My title is Anya.  I see the wildlife populations rising.  I would really like you to guard them and their habitat from extra growth.

Anya Alston

age 9, Jamestown

I would really like 25% of dwelling costs to be lowered in Boulder for individuals who can’t afford the pricing, and all open areas to be conserved for future generations, and for fracking to be stopped, and dams to be taken down for the fish and water life.

Sebastien Perarnaud

age 10, Boulder

For lots of of years, individuals have been slicing down bushes to make buildings and trendy conveniences.  Now, deforestation is a big drawback. Animals throughout the globe are shedding their properties due to us people. I do know it’s troublesome to not use any wooden in any respect, however there are good alternate options resembling adobe, bamboo, hemp, and different sustainable sources. If we discover a solution to cease deforestation, so many species of animals will get their properties again.  As of now, species just like the pink wolf are endangered. We must discover a manner to assist them earlier than they go extinct. Cutting down bushes can be one of many essential causes of local weather change. And bushes produce the oxygen we have to keep alive. They are tremendous vital to us people, and we are able to’t take them without any consideration.

AJ Martin

age 11, Nederland

When I moved to Colorado it was laborious to seek out reasonably priced housing in Boulder. I believe that there ought to be reasonably priced properties for households. Apartments are nice for {couples}, however for households it doesn’t work nicely.

I believe it is very important make homes extra reasonably priced in Boulder. There ought to be a solution to have a worth that’s agreed on that leases couldn’t go greater than, relying on their dimension. This would assist households and make our group extra numerous. I believe that is what Boulder wants.

Not constructing extra housing in suburban neighborhoods would assist wildlife by protecting that land undeveloped. This can be what Boulder wants.

Paloma L. Tavernetti

age 11, Ward

I like animals. Many individuals deal with animals badly, and I don’t assume that’s very reasonable. Once I noticed a canine on the road, it had many scars and it regarded very unhappy. I actually wished to assist him, feed him. Some time later I went to the animal shelter, and there was this cat that saved reaching his paw out and touching me. I wished to take it dwelling and feed him till you couldn’t see the ribs you’ll be able to see now. But I couldn’t. I hope you are able to do one thing about this.

Aurelia Nicault

age 11, Boulder

My title is Finley and I believe we want extra protected open area. I’ve all the time liked going out in nature and watching the animals. All of the bushes and animals are vital for the atmosphere however we’re slowly destroying them. I suggest that yearly, a specific amount of area is protected, and that any endangered species is extra extremely protected.

Finley J. Butters

age 12, Erie

My title is Chloe Kessler. This morning I used to be on a stroll and it made me so comfortable to see a pile of bear scat and know that there are nonetheless bears out within the wild the place they belong. Something I believe wants to alter is we have to cease constructing on animal habitats, and I additionally assume that we have to make extra protected open area for animals to reside in peace. Some options to this drawback are to make extra open area and nationwide parks to guard the animals. Thank you for listening to my issues.

Chloe Kessler

age 12, Longmont