Albuquerque’s bosque grew by 70 cottonwoods last Saturday thanks to the efforts of the Earth Guardians Crew and Bosque’s CRASH (Conserving Resources and Stopping Hunger) Service Learning group. About 20 students participated in the tree-planting event which was the first organized activity of the Earth Guardians Crew since being founded last year by Bosque School alum Marisa Granados, Class of 2018. Students from schools around the city participate in Earth Guardians, including nearly a dozen Bosque students.
Bosque School student Alyssa ’20 worked with Albuquerque Open Space and other Crew members from area high schools to coordinate the event. “We had so much fun planting trees,” Alyssa said. “We’ve worked hard trying to get the Crew running...and for people to come out was really rewarding. We had a blast.”
Albuquerque Open Space provided the trees and planting equipment while students provided their time and a little elbow grease.
“I didn’t realize cottonwoods had developed a survival mechanism (where) they are able to root from a broken branch,” said Alyssa. “Cottonwoods need flooding (to grow) and the last flood was about 80 years ago. The lifespan of a cottonwood is about 80 years. Put the pieces together.”
Alyssa said this newly learned information was inspiring to the group, which wanted to do its part to ensure a new generation of cottonwoods could emerge along the river. “It freaked us out a little,” she said. “and motivated everyone.”
The mission of Earth Guardians is to empower young people by providing them with leadership opportunities and tools to bring their innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues; this holds true for students like Alyssa and her Albuquerque-area peers who are members of the Crew. “Earth Guardians makes climate activism available to youth around the world,” said Alyssa. “We feel like we are really helping the environment.”
To find out more about Earth Guardians, visit their website.