At my school all seniors have to do a yearlong project about a social issue of our choice. After seeing the ACE assembly, I knew right then and there I wanted to do my project on climate change. When I heard ACE was hosting a Youth Action Lab the following month about the connection between climate change and food, well, of course I signed up to attend.
The ACE LA Climate Action Fellows and their friends arrived to the picturesque LA City Hall on a gorgeous Wednesday afternoon. Our friends from City Plants and Tree People were there to train the students in all things tree distribution and care.
Last week, 23 science teachers converged on Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe, California for ACE’s 2nd annual teacher workshop, “Climate & Energy in the Next Generation Classroom”. Teachers taught science in grades 5-12 and hailed from around northern California and all parts of Nevada.
Meet Robert, Lauren, Teja and Tayt, four young climate leaders who will be heading to EPA hearings tomorrow, July 29th, in Washington D.C. At the hearings, they will tell their stories and testify in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and strict limits on CO2 emissions under the Clean Air Act.
Students and their allies gathered on the steps of New York City’s City Hall with signs in hand and passion in their voices. “What do we want?” Jatnna Ramirez, Trainer at Global Kids, shouted. “Climate education!” the group responded. “When do we want it?”, Jatnna asked. “Now!” the group answered with conviction and cheers.
Even though there's still long road ahead of us to achieving a socially just, climate stable future, I'm confident that we youth will turn the tide. Just think about it: We're digital natives. We're hopeful, collaborative and creative. We dream big and don't take "impossible" for an answer.