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.