Going Green -- Kids' Environmental Report Card

Kermit the Frog said it in a song: "It's not easy being green."

Easy or not, kids are clamoring for their cities and towns to "go green" - that is, to operate in more earth-friendly modes.

The majority of voters on the Kids' Environmental Report Card poll said they wanted urban areas to meet the green challenge in "every way possible: recycling stations, green buildings, and more!"

Mayors Meet the Challenge

In 2005, mayors from more than 50 cities signed a series of agreements, collectively known as the Urban Environmental Accords — Green Cities Declaration. The declaration calls for a total of 21 action steps in seven categories — transportation, energy, waste reduction, urban design, urban wildlife, environmental health and water improvement. These actions steps are to be implemented by mayors from major cities throughout the world within seven years.

"What we started here is only the beginning - the start of a new way of thinking about our earth and the start of a new global environmental grassroots movement focused on cities," said Gavin Newsom, current Mayor of San Francisco. His city's recently crafted Climate Action Plan aims to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.5 million tons by 2012.

Of course, the success of such plans will depend heavily on the individual residents of our cities and towns. Kids appear to be more than willing to help out and to encourage others to do the same.

"I have convinced my family to go green, yay!" wrote Lil_miss_sunshine on the Save the Planet message board. "Now my parents are helping our house go green I'm soooo happy I thought that I was going to be the only one in my family turning out lights and making sure that recyclables go in the recycling bin!"