It must have been remarkable for two OPRF students with a passion for our climate crisis to travel to Egypt for the annual UN climate conference. Under the auspices of Oak Park-based Seven Generations Ahead they joined three Chicago high school students at the week-long event as “youth observers.” 

On our front page today we have the picture of OPRF’s Victoria “Tori” Evans interviewing Al Gore, the former vice president and, perhaps, the Earth’s most notable voice on the climate catastrophe we face.

Evans and Manolo Avalos, the OPRF student who leads the school’s Environmental Club, were frank in discussing how meeting students and leaders from countries already being impacted by climate disruption shifted their own perceptions of the crisis.

That is a lesson we all need to grasp.

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