Green Market at the Oval

I’m not sure why there is still controversy about climate change. My children argue with me all the time and I do understand their frustrations. Perhaps arguing isn’t the correct terminology. They vent. Yes, we know climate change is happening. Thankfully the climate change argument is not just coming from one scientific resource. Some people may think it is opinion or belief, but the data is based on science and facts. It’s also not enough to just plant a garden or use our canvas shopping bags.

When my children debate those tough questions that spiral from one topic to the next, I know their passion is planting seeds of a different kind. It is never enough to just celebrate Earth Day, but find ways to make a lasting impact. They are planting for their future. The Lake Placid Environmental Club is doing the same thing.

The Green Market is being held in Lake Placid on May 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held at the Olympic Oval, the Green Market is an opportunity to mix and mingle with experts to ask questions about climate change. It is a chance to put aside any doubt. It is also a chance to see how a younger generation is focused on making positive change. There are also plenty of fun activities such as crafts, activities, live music, other environmental clubs, and local food producers. It is inspiring when children and young adults are the ones that want to take action. Sometimes we need to listen to the children.

My child always connects online bullying with climate change. How can people be so aware that words hurt, but not connect that environmental choices can have a devastating effect? Online bullying and name calling are just a segment of the verbal battle. It seems reasonable that our physical actions have a lasting impact as well. Each straw we use and plastic spoon we toss into the trash does not disappear. Now, after years of ignoring the symptoms, these student groups are set to help make a change for the better. I hope they do. Enjoy being green!

Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities go to www.adirondackfamilytime.com.