Environment

Personal Report: The Devastating Consequences of a World Without Animals

By Jenifer Hernandez, age 10 Imagine a world where there are no animals. Without them, would humans even survive? A 2022 report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services found that billions of people rely on around 50,000 wild species of animals and plants for their food, medicine and income. How …

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Youth Climate Strikers Continue to Push for Change

By Luca Cantagallo, age 13 and IndyKids staff Hundreds of youths skipped school for another Youth Climate Strike on March 3, 2023, to protest against climate change. As the group grew, the chants of “People over profit!” rang through the air. This annual event originated with Greta Thunburg’s 2018 Fridays for Future (FFF) protest that …

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Does Colonialism Still Impact Communities Today?

To Understand the Present, We Must Look to the PastBy IndyKids staff In the 1700s and 1800s, rich and powerful European countries, such as Britain, France, Spain and the Netherlands, began to venture out in search of more land and resources that they deemed valuable. They began to establish colonies in Africa, the Caribbean, and …

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Puerto Rican Lizards Morph to Survive City Life 

By Emile stanley, age 12 Urbanization has drastically changed the natural world as we know it. Now researchers at New York University have found that the Puerto Rican crested anole has evolved to survive life in the city. Lead researcher Kristin Winchell studied the genomes of city-dwelling adult male anoles and found that they tended …

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How Cooking Skills and Gardens in Schools Improve Students’ Health

By Khanya Stroman, age 13 Gardens are not just for the good for the way they smell and look, but they can also improve the long-term health of kids, a new Texas-based education program has found. Elementary and middle school kids from low-income backgrounds have participated in the Texas Sprouts program. The students learned about …

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