By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl
President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association
Learning a new set of skills or competencies requires persistence and practice. This fall semester’s Auburn High School sociology class is building on the successes of previous classes. Last week, they held an open house to showcase their new, improved aquaponics system. Their work demonstrates another aspect of the growing urban agriculture movement, which encourages growing a variety of foods in urban settings. The project can produce food that is nutritious and organic, while increasing self-sufficiency and — on a large scale — producing jobs for those who need them.
We were greeted at the classroom door by Mykeal Holliman, who offered to explain the problems associated with polar icecap melting caused by global warming. The student, new to Auburn, clarified that the major cause is the use of fossil fuels. In addition to decreasing their use, he offered small steps that individuals could take, including walking more and using compact fluorescent light bulbs.