Pontiac High School students pass resolution in the Capitol, advocate for environmental policy
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — A pair of high school students from Pontiac High School testified and passed a resolution out of committee in the capitol.

The resolution would have several agencies and other stakeholders to meet and discuss certain changes they can make to become more environmentally friendly and work towards an overall goal of conserving 30 percent of the land in the state by 2030.

“We want to make sure that our future generations have the resources that they need” Stratman said. “We want to make sure that they have the food that they need the land that they need. We don’t want things to be over urbanized.”

Paige Collins and Bailee Stratman got involved in this kind of work through their school and their teacher Paul Ritter.

“I get to work with these kids who have unbelievable passion for our world, and wanting to make real lasting change that is economically sound and environmentally sound,” Ritter said. “It’s from their standpoint, right? Kids want their voices, and I’ve always wanted their voices to be heard.”

Collins and Stratman believe it’s important young people not only understand the process but get involved in the process, too.

“We think it’s so important that us as kids now we see the future and everything in a different perspective than adults do,” Collins said. “And we can bring a different perspective to the table. And I think that it’s very important for us to bring that and we are the future generation as of right now. So we need to encourage kids younger than us to even get involved and better the environment.”

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