High school Juniors Kelley T. and Lucy L. led the effort empowering Novato Unified School District Board Members to speak up for climate action to protect current and future students. Novato USD Board Members responded enthusiastically and unanimously---and lightening fast! This process took exactly 6.5 weeks from when Lucy was first introduced to Schools for Climate Action to when her school board passed a climate action resolution. Young people and (adults who care about kids), thanks to our great local democratic institutions and traditions, you have incredible power to create a groundswell of political leverage from grasstops leaders in your own community. Many school board members have a cry of grief stuck in their throats about the way our national government has abandoned young people on this issue. They are hungry for a non-partisan tool to speak up. Very few people in all of human history have had such awesome power to influence the course of human history as all Americans, but especially young Americans do at this critical juncture. Young people can move recalcitrant politicians in ways that elders working alone cannot. (I wish it were otherwise because I know this climate change mess is NOT your responsibility.) Together, we can create a groundswell that could break the logjam on common sense climate policy in DC. Please spread this example far and wide. 3 months from now, there could be hundreds of these resolutions. Please spread the word.
Thank you Lucy and Kelley and the Novato Unified School District Board and Superintendent!
SCA Lead Volunteer and 6th grade teacher
Kai Guthrie is a ninth grade student at Credo High in Rohnert Park, a Citizens' Climate Lobby volunteer, and one of the founders of Schools for Climate Action campaign.