Press Release: Credo High School Student Council Passes 1st Student Council Climate Action Resolution in the Nation
On Anniversary of Sonoma County Firestorm, Credo High School Student Council Passes 1st Student Council Climate Action Resolution in the Nation
On October 9th, 2018 the Credo High School Student Council in Cotati, California passed the Call to Climate Action Resolution. This marks the first student council climate action resolution as part of the Schools for Climate Action (S4CA) campaign. Credo HS junior, Avery R. led the effort to pass the Call to Climate Action Resolution. She is a Credo HS student council member and President of the California Association of Student Councils, Region 3.
S4CA is a grass-roots, non-partisan, youth-adult campaign with a mission to empower school communities to speak up for climate action in order to protect current and future students. Inspired by the work and methods of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, it was started by a team of students, parents, and teachers in Sonoma County, CA in July, 2017. Since December, 2017 25 school boards and now 1 student council have passed climate action resolutions. There are 14,000 school boards in the country and likely 20,000+ student councils. If just 10% of these pass climate action resolutions, it generate a groundswell that would help move Congress to end the 30 years of climate neglect which threatens our young people and future generations. Youth-adult teams with the S4CA campaign will hand-deliver the Credo High School Student Council resolution to every member of Congress in March of 2018. By then, scores or hundreds more student councils will have passed their own climate action resolution.
The Credo High School Student Council Call to Climate Action Resolution is the strongest of all the S4CA resolutions. In it, Credo High School student leaders declare climate change a “generational justice and human rights issue” and endorse “equitable and effective carbon-pricing policies.” In addition, they encourage “other student councils, school district boards, county boards of education, state boards of education, and the board of the California School Board Association, and the board of the National School Board Association to all pass climate action resolutions similar to ours, calling on Congress to enact swift, fair, and effective climate policies in order to protect current and future students.”
For more information about Schools for Climate Action, please contact Park Guthrie at email@example.com or (510) 691-5051 or visit our website at www.schoolsforclimateaction.weebly.com
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.