Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Virtual Graduation Speech for the 6th Grade Class of 2030 at Converse Street Elementary School: On Global Warming and Climate Change
Dear Readers and Teachers and Librarians and Professors and Researchers here,
I composed a "A Virtual Graduation Speech for the 6th Grade Graduates
Street Elementary School -- the "Class of 2030" -- as an experiment.
Would love hear any comments, pro or con.
I am thinking of turning this into a children's book in the future,
but for now it's just a scribbled file in my notebook.
Take a look and comment please, pro or con, or in between, and any
memories you have of your own 6th grade graduation ceremony will be
interesting to read, too. Enjoy! (If that is the right word here, not
-- Danny Bloom, still alive but not long for this good Earth!
Good afternoon, Sixth Grade "Class of 2030" at Converse Street
I can't be here in person to address you, since I passed into oblivion
a while back. But I once went to Converse Street Elementary School here in
Longmeadow when I was a young boy living just down the street from
here. I want to leave you with a brief message -- from the past to the
future -- about global warming and climate change, and even though you
are only ten years old, there are still many things you can do about
these issues. I am sure your teachers are giving you good ideas and
even better advice, since the future of our planet hangs in the
As the Converse Street Elementary School class of 2030, you will be
going on to middle school in just a few more months, and there and
later on at Longmeadow High School you will study more about the
climate and how humans must work hard to make things better here on
I'm not around now, but I hope you can read my message online at
public library on Longmeadow Street -- is it still there? -- or
perhaps view it on a digital recording at home. Before I continue, I
just want to take a few moments here to wish you all the best of luck
in middle school and the best of health to enjoy the luck that I am
wishing for you. May all your dreams come true, and then some! I loved
living in Longmeadow as a kid and I hope you are having the time of
your life, too. Long live Longmeadow! Long live Converse Street
Members of the Converse Street Elementary School Class of 2030, you
are living in a very crucial time in the history of humankind. Your
world stands at the threshold of a period of human history when very
important decisions will have to be made about the use of fossil
fuels, from coal to oil and gasoline.
I wonder: does the name Al Gore still ring a bell in your generation
now? He was a man who made a very important documentary called "An
Inconvenient Truth." Rememer that funny part about the frog who stayed
too long in the pot of boiling water? That was funny and also tragic,
as I am sure your teachers have explained to you.
Converse Street Elementary School Class of 2030, I want to leave you
with seven very simple and easy-to-remember words: "We must tighten
the noose around coal".
I think you what a noose is, right? You have played hangman's noose at
school, yes? And of course, you know what coal is.
Well, a teacher named Jesse Ausubel at a place called Rockefeller
University in New York wrote those words more than 100 years ago, and
they are really important. Has your world tightened the noose around
coal? Has your world started to tackle the problems of overpopulation,
climate change and the creation of a sustainable economy? I really
really hope so, my dear students here at Converse Street Elementary
I really hope your
generation finds a way to stop the burning of fossil fuels and also
finds ways to stop the impact of climate change on your future world.
There are many ways you can help make the climate better and do your part to stop global warming in its tracks. I am sure your teachers here have already told you some things you can do at home and at school and during summer vacation to do your part in the fight against climate change. Please listen to your teachers!
So, dear students in the Converse Street Elementary School Class of 2030, as you
graduate today and prepare for summer vacation and then middle school
next fall, I wish you the best of a very good childhood and may all
your days be filled with blessings and inspiration. Good luck
and God bless!
And God bless Mr Setian, too, my wonderful 6th grade teacher in 1959.
-- Danny Bloom (1949 - 2020)
Converse Street Elementary School Class of 1959
Posted by DANIELBLOOM at 3:15 AM