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Former President Bill Clinton speaks to Lexington Students

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Speaking to a roaring crowd of about 2500 students, former President Bill Clinton honored Earth Day while spreading the message of the group that got him back in Lexington.

"The Council talks about sustainability," Clinton said from the podium. "Don't say this is a group of idealistic kids and when they grow up, they'll know better. No, they're on to something."

The Bluegrass Youth Sustainability Council is a group of high school students from the five public and three private high schools in Fayette County. They meet monthly to focus on green living and sustainability projects.

Clinton says everyone can learn a lesson here.

"This is good economics," the forty-second President of the United States explained. "Changing the way we produce and use energy and deal with local resources is the single most important thing we can do to create jobs in America today."

After hearing former President Bill Clinton speak, many say they were inspired.

"He really voiced our message," Jane Brady Knight, the BYSC student leader said. "Sustainability is an important global issue that we want to get out there."

18-year-old Knight is among the council members who penned a letter to Clinton asking him to speak; never imagining he'd volunteer his services.

"I was pretty nervous this morning, but once I greeted President Clinton--he was so at ease and made my day so much easier. Introducing him was the biggest honor of my 18-year-old life," Knight said.

Clinton encouraged members of the audience to focus on retro-fitting all area schools to become more energy effiecient. He said one of the best ways to do that is to paint the flat roofs of buildings white, to help with energy costs.

Clinton also suggested this would create summer jobs for some students and other community members and students could earn credits for their work.

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