It is very important to get high school students engaged in the topic of how to talk about climate change and motivate action at the local level. I suggest the best way to do this is for your organization to host a climate change video competition with a $1000 prize for the school that creates the best climate change video as evaluated either by your leaders or even better by asking students to review a set of perhaps the top 10 videos and then voting on which one was the most likely to motivate action and or provide a better background on the science of climate change and how to set expectations related to measuring progress toward slowing climate change. We need to deal with uncomfortable truth that there is a large time lag, 50 to 100 years between the time when emissions start to decrease and the time we will be able to see visible positive changes in either CO2 concentration or the many impacts of climate change. Kids are the best vehicle to teach this lesson and inspire others.
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.Park Guthrie is a teacher, parent, Citizens' Climate Lobby volunteer, and one of the founders of the Schools for Climate Action campaign.