Editor’s Note: On Election Day, BoCo Wild Writers — an outdoor nature writing classroom for homeschooled children — wrote these letters explaining how they would like to be represented by our newly elected City Council members across the county. These letters were submitted by their teacher and poet, Erin Robertson, who lives in Louisville, with permission from parents.

Dear Newly Elected Officials:

My name is Anya.  I see the wildlife populations growing.  I would like you to protect them and their habitat from more development.

Anya Alston

age 9, Jamestown


I would like 25% of home prices to be lowered in Boulder for people who can’t afford the pricing, and all open spaces to be conserved for future generations, and for fracking to be stopped, and dams to be taken down for the fish and water life.

Sebastien Perarnaud

age 10, Boulder


For hundreds of years, people have been cutting down trees to make buildings and modern conveniences.  Now, deforestation is a huge problem. Animals across the globe are losing their homes because of us humans. I know it is difficult to not use any wood at all, but there are good alternatives such as adobe, bamboo, hemp, and other sustainable resources. If we find a way to stop deforestation, so many species of animals will get their homes back.  As of now, species like the red wolf are endangered. We need to find a way to help them before they go extinct. Cutting down trees is also one of the main causes of climate change. And trees produce the oxygen we need to stay alive. They are super important to us humans, and we can’t take them for granted.

AJ Martin

age 11, Nederland


When I moved to Colorado it was hard to find affordable housing in Boulder. I think that there should be affordable homes for families. Apartments are great for couples, but for families it does not work well.

I think it is important to make houses more affordable in Boulder. There should be a way to have a price that is agreed on that rentals could not go higher than, depending on their size. This would help families and make our community more diverse. I think this is what Boulder needs.

Not building more housing in suburban neighborhoods would help wildlife by keeping that land undeveloped. This is also what Boulder needs.

Paloma L. Tavernetti

age 11, Ward


I love animals. Many people treat animals badly, and I don’t think that’s very fair. Once I saw a dog on the street, it had many scars and it looked very sad. I really wanted to help him, feed him. Some time later I went to the animal shelter, and there was this cat that kept reaching his paw out and touching me. I wanted to take it home and feed him until you couldn’t see the ribs you can see now. But I couldn’t. I hope you can do something about this.

Aurelia Nicault

age 11, Boulder


My name is Finley and I think we need more protected open space. I’ve always loved going out in nature and watching the animals. All of the trees and animals are important for the environment but we’re slowly destroying them. I propose that every year, a certain amount of space is protected, and that any endangered species is more highly protected.

Finley J. Butters

age 12, Erie


My name is Chloe Kessler. This morning I was on a walk and it made me so happy to see a pile of bear scat and know that there are still bears out in the wild where they belong. Something I think needs to change is we need to stop building on animal habitats, and I also think that we need to make more protected open space for animals to live in peace. Some solutions to this problem are to make more open space and national parks to protect the animals. Thank you for listening to my concerns.

Chloe Kessler

age 12, Longmont


My name is Lucie and I believe in equality. I honestly think that Boulder, Colorado lacks equal housing.  Boulder is a beautiful place and I believe that people of all races and ethnic backgrounds should be able to live here regardless of the amount of money they make in a year. I believe that incorporating equal housing into the City of Boulder will encourage diversity and that diversity will in turn invite balance.

I’m also a lover of animals. More than 5.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year. One-fifth of them never make it out. I believe that we must attack this problem at the roots. Puppy mills and large-scale animal breeding operations are the main causes of this deadly pipeline for U.S. shelter pets. These breeding operations are cruel and inhumane. People need to be educated about where their pets are coming from so we can mitigate this damaging cycle of cruelty. I remember when I was about 7 years old and we visited a Miami shelter to look for a furry friend. The cries of the dogs crammed into tiny cages still echo in my ears.  When I think of it it breaks my heart. I hope that you will take into account the opinion of a 13-year-old girl. Thank you.

Lucie S. Perarnaud

Boulder


I’m writing to you on Election Day, too early to know who you are yet, but I’m still certain you personally can make a difference in the challenges we’re facing. Every one of us can, but now you have access to policy tools the rest of us don’t, and we’re counting on you to represent us well.

I’ve lived in Boulder for 26 years and have never known a summer like this last one. I used to say, “It’s a Boulder day” to talk about our bluebird skies without a cloud in sight. But this summer we went weeks without a glimpse of that blue.

I thought 2002 was bad — drought with no precipitation to speak of from February to July, everything going dead and blazing. For years I told what seemed like an apocalyptic story then: I was at a Rockies game when the wind shifted and ash began drifting down on us. The Hayman Fire had made it to Denver on the wind.  Now ash on our trampoline, ash in our dog’s water bowl, ash coating our windowsills is an almost daily summer occurrence

What do I want you to do? Take bold, immediate action to address the climate emergency. Make fossil fuel use unbearable. Make renewables easy. Treat us like smokers that will be glad we kicked the habit. Put money in the bank accounts of emerging industries solving problems. Stop funding and being funded by the fossil fuel industry. Think big and be fearless. You may lose an election, but we’ve already lost the quality of life we knew.  All 20 of Colorado’s largest wildfires occurred in the last 20 years. My sons are forgetting what a Boulder day was. Please be daring. Please change the status quo.

Erin Robertson

Louisville

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Editor’s Note: On Election Day, BoCo Wild Writers — an outdoor nature writing classroom for homeschooled children — wrote these letters explaining how they would like to be represented by our newly elected City Council members across the county. These letters were submitted by their teacher and poet, Erin Robertson, who lives in Louisville, with permission from parents.

Dear Newly Elected Officials:

My name is Anya.  I see the wildlife populations growing.  I would like you to protect them and their habitat from more development.

Anya Alston

age 9, Jamestown


I would like 25% of home prices to be lowered in Boulder for people who can’t afford the pricing, and all open spaces to be conserved for future generations, and for fracking to be stopped, and dams to be taken down for the fish and water life.

Sebastien Perarnaud

age 10, Boulder


For hundreds of years, people have been cutting down trees to make buildings and modern conveniences.  Now, deforestation is a huge problem. Animals across the globe are losing their homes because of us humans. I know it is difficult to not use any wood at all, but there are good alternatives such as adobe, bamboo, hemp, and other sustainable resources. If we find a way to stop deforestation, so many species of animals will get their homes back.  As of now, species like the red wolf are endangered. We need to find a way to help them before they go extinct. Cutting down trees is also one of the main causes of climate change. And trees produce the oxygen we need to stay alive. They are super important to us humans, and we can’t take them for granted.

AJ Martin

age 11, Nederland


When I moved to Colorado it was hard to find affordable housing in Boulder. I think that there should be affordable homes for families. Apartments are great for couples, but for families it does not work well.

I think it is important to make houses more affordable in Boulder. There should be a way to have a price that is agreed on that rentals could not go higher than, depending on their size. This would help families and make our community more diverse. I think this is what Boulder needs.

Not building more housing in suburban neighborhoods would help wildlife by keeping that land undeveloped. This is also what Boulder needs.

Paloma L. Tavernetti

age 11, Ward


I love animals. Many people treat animals badly, and I don’t think that’s very fair. Once I saw a dog on the street, it had many scars and it looked very sad. I really wanted to help him, feed him. Some time later I went to the animal shelter, and there was this cat that kept reaching his paw out and touching me. I wanted to take it home and feed him until you couldn’t see the ribs you can see now. But I couldn’t. I hope you can do something about this.

Aurelia Nicault

age 11, Boulder


My name is Finley and I think we need more protected open space. I’ve always loved going out in nature and watching the animals. All of the trees and animals are important for the environment but we’re slowly destroying them. I propose that every year, a certain amount of space is protected, and that any endangered species is more highly protected.

Finley J. Butters

age 12, Erie


My name is Chloe Kessler. This morning I was on a walk and it made me so happy to see a pile of bear scat and know that there are still bears out in the wild where they belong. Something I think needs to change is we need to stop building on animal habitats, and I also think that we need to make more protected open space for animals to live in peace. Some solutions to this problem are to make more open space and national parks to protect the animals. Thank you for listening to my concerns.

Chloe Kessler

age 12, Longmont


My name is Lucie and I believe in equality. I honestly think that Boulder, Colorado lacks equal housing.  Boulder is a beautiful place and I believe that people of all races and ethnic backgrounds should be able to live here regardless of the amount of money they make in a year. I believe that incorporating equal housing into the City of Boulder will encourage diversity and that diversity will in turn invite balance.

I’m also a lover of animals. More than 5.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year. One-fifth of them never make it out. I believe that we must attack this problem at the roots. Puppy mills and large-scale animal breeding operations are the main causes of this deadly pipeline for U.S. shelter pets. These breeding operations are cruel and inhumane. People need to be educated about where their pets are coming from so we can mitigate this damaging cycle of cruelty. I remember when I was about 7 years old and we visited a Miami shelter to look for a furry friend. The cries of the dogs crammed into tiny cages still echo in my ears.  When I think of it it breaks my heart. I hope that you will take into account the opinion of a 13-year-old girl. Thank you.

Lucie S. Perarnaud

Boulder


I’m writing to you on Election Day, too early to know who you are yet, but I’m still certain you personally can make a difference in the challenges we’re facing. Every one of us can, but now you have access to policy tools the rest of us don’t, and we’re counting on you to represent us well.

I’ve lived in Boulder for 26 years and have never known a summer like this last one. I used to say, “It’s a Boulder day” to talk about our bluebird skies without a cloud in sight. But this summer we went weeks without a glimpse of that blue.

I thought 2002 was bad — drought with no precipitation to speak of from February to July, everything going dead and blazing. For years I told what seemed like an apocalyptic story then: I was at a Rockies game when the wind shifted and ash began drifting down on us. The Hayman Fire had made it to Denver on the wind.  Now ash on our trampoline, ash in our dog’s water bowl, ash coating our windowsills is an almost daily summer occurrence

What do I want you to do? Take bold, immediate action to address the climate emergency. Make fossil fuel use unbearable. Make renewables easy. Treat us like smokers that will be glad we kicked the habit. Put money in the bank accounts of emerging industries solving problems. Stop funding and being funded by the fossil fuel industry. Think big and be fearless. You may lose an election, but we’ve already lost the quality of life we knew.  All 20 of Colorado’s largest wildfires occurred in the last 20 years. My sons are forgetting what a Boulder day was. Please be daring. Please change the status quo.

Erin Robertson

Louisville

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