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.
“We can innovate our way to a better future” proclaimed EPA Administrator, Gina McCarthy on Monday: calling on Americans to tackle climate change. She issued this challenge while announcing a historic new proposal from the Obama Administration to reduce CO2 emissions from existing coal-fired power-plants 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.