Franke James is an artist and storyteller who creates visual essays (mixing photos, illustrations and words) about the environment. In November 2009, Franke presented several of her visual essays to students at Newtonbrook High School in Toronto, Canada.

During the introduction, she asked students to think about 4 questions:
1. Will Global Warming be Good for Canada?
2. Do you have a green conscience?
3. Would you fight for it?
4. What’s the hardest thing you’d do for the planet?

This Q&A video:
After the presentation, Franke asked students to answer (publicly!) one question "What's the hardest thing you could do for the planet?" And got some great replies!

Here are some of the ideas they responded with…

“I will recycle and eat less meat.”

“I think I’ll start my own recycling bin. (I live in an apartment and they don’t have recycling bins.)

“I could probably walk to and from school.”

“Another really hard thing would be to stop shopping for new fashions.”

“I am considering taking the one month vegetarian challenge.”

“I’m going to ask my parents to try foods produced locally.”

“All the small things make a difference.”

“I will not buy a car when I grow up. Instead I will save my money to buy an eco-friendly house.”

STUDENT FEEDBACK:

“Franke James presentation was made in a friendly way, which made it easy to understand.”

“It was fun and unique because she used pictures to replace words.”

“It was so interesting about the government telling Franke that she couldn’t turn her driveway into a garden.”

“Giving up your SUV is a huge sacrifice.”

“Franke James inspired me that anything is possible.”

ABOUT FRANKE JAMES
Franke James is the author of "Bothered By My Green Conscience" a collection of five visual essays which tell the story of her adventures in going green -- including "doing the hardest thing first" by selling her family's only vehicle (an SUV) in February 2007.

Visit Franke's Speaking and Events page for more comments:
frankejames.com/debate/?page_id=934

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