On September 20th, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education became the 24th school board to speak up for climate action to protect students. There are now 27 school boards, including 4 county office of education school boards (Sonoma, Marin, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo) that have joined the campaign. The social norm of climate silence among educational leaders is starting to flip. The harm caused by national climate inaction is clear. Congress can act on climate to protect our students. All 90,000 school board members across the nation can speak up in respectful, non-partisan, but assertive climate action resolutions to protect students. School stakeholders across the country engage their local, county, and state school board members to be a clear voice for commonsense climate action to protect students. These resolutions are an expression of love, respect, and care for students and future generations. Thank you for Santa Cruz County Office of Education trustees and Superintendent Watkins.
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.