Thank you parent advocate Elizabeth Caballero, retired staff advocate Molly Whitely, Superintendent Scott Turnbull, and Trustees Sandra Wallace, Ted Donnelly, Sira Taylor, Amanda Jackson Miller, and Phil Rodriguez for speaking up for climate action!
Soquel Elementary Union School District in Santa Cruz County has become the 10th school board since December, 2017 to pass a resolution calling climate change a children's or human rights issue and demonstrating the political will for common-sense national climate policy. These adults have acted to protect their students and future generations.
As the only elected leaders with a singular focus on the well-being and future success of children, we believe all 90,000 school board members in the country have standing to speak up for climate action, just like Soquel UESD have done.
The actions, distractions, and silence of a minority of national politicians are currently stifling the development common-sense national climate policies. This endangers our children and future generations. We believe that at least some of the 180-or-so Members of Congress currently responsible for preventing or delaying meaningful national action on climate change may hear an organized and respectful outcry from thousands of members of school boards, student councils, PTA's, and teacher's unions. Thank you, Soquel UESD for raising your voices to protect children and future generations.
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.