Sustainable Missoula: SAVE promotes youth involvement in climate action

By Julia Roemer and Madeline Swanberg, current members of the Students Against Violating the Earth (SAVE) Club at Hellgate High School..
Originally published in Missoula Current, November 16, 2018.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen our generation become increasingly involved in protecting our future and dealing with issues that will impact the rest of our lives. Particularly in Missoula, where we’ve grown up skiing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors, young people have increasingly felt a need to preserve this lifestyle that depends so much on the health of the planet and its ecosystems.

Youth-led organizations, marches, and legal actions worldwide have reflected our feelings about the importance of creating a more sustainable future by generating social and political change. We’ve seen this happen through the Zero Hour Youth Climate Marches across the country that raised awareness of climate change, and through the lawsuit Youth v. Gov that’s currently suing the government for failing to protect our future from the effects of climate change.

As students at Hellgate High School, we are proud to take part in the movement toward sustainability in a way that reflects the values of Montana’s youth and the values of our generation that are shared around the world.

Students Against Violating the Environment, or SAVE for short, was founded in 1990 by Hellgate High School students to encourage youth involvement in sustainability….Read the entire article at

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