Webinar: Thursday 1.11.18 How to Empower School Board Members in Your Own District to Speak Up for Climate Justice
When: Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 5:30 to 6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Here's a description of the webinar:
We plan to inspire and support youth-adult teams empowering school boards in their own districts to speak up for climate action in order to protect current and future students.
Our training will share:
1. Sebastopol Union's Climate Change Resolution
2. Ideas for creating a multi-stakeholder team in your own district;
3. Steps to engaging and empowering school board members to speak up for climate justice;
4. Multiple benefits of school board climate change/climate justice resolutions;
5. School board climate change/climate justice resolution ideas;
6. Next steps
7. Q and A
We're hoping to help Sebastopol Union School District's great example start a snowball effect. There are 10,000 school boards in the nation with over 50,000 school board members. These school board members are the only elected leaders with a singular focus on well-being and future success of children. We can empower them to speak up for climate action and climate justice! This will help build public will to enact science-based climate policies which will protect current and future students.
The above button has a link to a Google form individual school board members can use to go on record stating that climate change is a children's issue and encouraging elected leaders at all levels (local, state, and national) to speak up for climate action and to take measures to reduce greenhouse gases in order to protect current and future students.
While we encourage school boards to discuss and pass climate action or climate justice resolutions as a whole board, there can be multiple reasons for school board members to speak up as individual elected leaders. Here are 4 reasons school board members may wish to speak up as individuals:
Thanks for reading and please spread the word.
Thank You, Sebastopol Union School District for Speaking up For Climate Action!
On Monday, December 4th Sebastopol Union School Board unanimously passed the Sebastopol Union School District's Climate Change Resolution. This may be one of the strongest climate change resolutions ever passed by a public school board in the nation. (If you know of others, please contact us, so we can add it to our database). Thank you SUSD School Board (especially Trustees Renata Brilliger and Lawrence Jaffe) for setting this important and courageous precedent! By speaking up for climate action you will help protect current and future students. We expect your precedent will empower school board members across the country to join you in speaking up for climate action. As the only elected leaders with a singular focus on the well-being and future success of children, the voices of school board members are especially important regarding climate action.
Schools for Climate Action members initially proposed an SUSD Climate Resolution in July. Youth-adult teams held 3 meetings with individual school board members. A total of 4 youth members spoke at two different SUSD board meetings. SUSD Trustees Renata Brilliger and Lawrence Jaffe revised the initial draft several times. Thank you SUSD Board Members for honoring the voices of young people as they develop the organizing skills they will need to ensure our country implements science-based climate policies at all levels (local-state-national).
Please join our Schools for Climate Action campaign if you want to start a youth-adult team in your district to empower school boards to speak up for climate action.
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.