Climate Club for Kids Forms in Beverly/Morgan Park  

By Tim Moran  

 

The impacts and dangers of climate change have been apparent to Ruby Moon for nearly half her life. That’s only four-and-a-half years for 11-year-old Ruby, but the North Beverly resident and Council Oak Montessori School fifth grader is already doing her part in taking action on the issue as the founder of the Beverly-Morgan Park Chicago Climate Kids Club.  

A first-grade research project on wildfires inspired Ruby to study climate change, and soon later decided she’s like to involve other kids.  

“The future is in the hands of the youth, so I thought it would be a cool idea to meet with other kids who are like-minded,” Ruby said.  

So, Ruby and her mom, Joy Richardson-Moon, took to the Moms and Beverly Facebook group to gauge interest. To their surprise, a number of respondents said their kids who attend neighborhood schools might be interested in the possibility of forming a climate club for kids 12 and under. 

Richardson-Moon said Ruby approached her after the first-grade project in disbelief that the planet was endangered, and that people were just letting it happen. That’s when she was informed of the efforts people are making, like putting up solar panels and driving electric cars. Other young climate activists like Greta Thunberg began to inspire her, and combatting climate change quickly became one of Ruby’s passions.   

 “She’s always been a big thinker,” her mom said.  

Now, the Beverly-Morgan Park Chicago Climate Kids Club has already met a few times, mostly in Beverly-Morgan Park neighborhood parks, and were at Cosme Park to participate in the BAPA Clean and Green event in late April.  

“I’d like (the club) to be more like pop-up meetings, when kids come whenever possible to set up activities like climate protests, trash pickups and getting the word out to the neighborhood,” Ruby said. A meeting in June will focus near the area of the nature playground at the Dan Ryan Woods.  

Her efforts have expanded to her school in Blue Island, where she led a climate demonstration was held on a piece of greenspace on the corner.  

“We walked to a little green area, hung out for an hour with signs saying, ‘honk if you love the earth’ and picked up trash on the way back,” she said, noting she had to file her own paperwork to make the event possible.  

Ruby hopes her club in Beverly/Morgan Park will inspire kids from age 6 to 12 to think globally by acting locally. She hopes to work in partnership with the BAPA Teen Corps as a way to bring their members’ activism into their teenage years.  

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