Mobilizing School Districts

  • TCM Central

    I got this email today that is in line with building community awareness and support for taking action. There is a webinar on Thursday that may interest some folks.

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    I’m writing in hopes that you would consider sharing information about the Schools for Climate Action campaign among your friends/networks especially among educators, students, and other school stakeholders. This is a grassroots, non-partisan campaign started by a team of students, educators, and parents in western Sonoma. Our mission is to empower school boards to speak up for climate action in order to protect current and future students.

    Sebastopol Union School District Climate Change Resolution
    In December, thanks to advocacy from our youth-adult team, Sebastopol Union School District passed this climate change resolution. This is likely the strongest and clearest call for climate action by any school board in the nation.

    We’re now hoping to support youth-adult teams in other districts to empower their own school boards to speak up for climate action. I’ll be doing a webinar this Thursday, January 11th from 5:30 to 6:30 to share our insights. Campaigning for local school board climate justice resolutions can be a great way for young people to develop advocacy and lobbying skills and experience. It’s also a great antidote to climate change despair!

    With Sebastopol Union’s precedent, it should be easier for subsequent school boards to pass resolutions declaring climate change a children’s issue and calling on all elected leaders to take climate action.

    We are doing all we can to help this snowball. There are 14,000 school boards and 90,000 school board members in the country. School board members are the only elected leaders with a singular focus on the well-being and future success of young people. We believe that even if only a fraction school board members speak up, they could become a powerful grasstops group to build public will for science-based climate policies. Likely there are already thousands or tens of thousands of school board members who are ready to speak up for climate action, but they simply have not yet been asked to do so.

    Please consider spreading the word, posting on Facebook (here is a link to the SCA Facebook page), and participating in the webinar. The more places school board members see this idea, the more comfortable they will be speaking up strongly for climate action.


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