A young person doing their part, on their own, to help with an environmental scourge. Hats off to that. The unneighborly act aside, this is a story to celebrate (thanks to National Public Radio, USA) and an extra bravo to Yale University for their part in it:
Yale honors the work of a 9-year-old Black girl whose neighbor reported her to police
Nine-year-old Bobbi Wilson may be in the fourth grade, but last month the Yale School of Public Health held a ceremony honoring the budding scientist’s recent work.
The university entered Bobbi’s collection of 27 spotted lanternflies — an extremely invasive species that is harmful to trees and other plants — into the Peabody Museum of Natural History database. Bobbi was also presented with the title of “donor scientist” during the Jan. 20 ceremony.
“We wanted to show her bravery and how inspiring she is, and we just want to make sure she continues to feel honored and loved by the Yale community,” Ijeoma Opara, an assistant professor at the school, said in a statement.
The accolades come just three months after Bobbi, who is Black, made headlines when former Caldwell city council member Gordon Lawshe, who is white, called local police on the girl…
One thought on “Bravo, Bobbi Wilson!”
Surely, there must be many other ways to honor a young girl. Does killing insects need to be one of them? Even invasive species have lives and enjoy living them. Killing a few of them is not the answer to the presence of invasive species – which are caused by humans disrupting the natural world. Humans should be taught kindness, not cruelty.