"Climate change is a children's issue!" This has become a rallying cry throughout the country.Children who are 3 years old now, as my granddaughter is, will only be 85 in 2100.
According to a recent article in National Geographic (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/sea-level-rise/),
the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we can expect the oceans to
rise between 11 and 38 inches by 2100.
More dire estimates place sea level rise at 23 feet! Children who are 3
years old now, as my granddaughter is, will only be 85 in 2100.
The fact that climate change primarily affects young people
gained national awareness when a group of youthful plaintiffs filed a lawsuit
in US District Court of Oregon in 2015.
On November 10, 2016, a motion to dismiss filed by the fossil fuel
industry was denied. In June and July of
2017, the case moved forward and a trial date of February 5, 2018, was set by
US Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin. Oral
arguments were held before a 3-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals on December 11. The Trump administration
argued that the case be dismissed and employed such drastic tactics to silence
the voices of youth and keep science out of the courtroom that the trial will not begin on February 5th!
But it is going to be very hard to silence the voices of
our youth and keep science out of the courtroom. Check out: https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/.
In early January, 2018, a group of evangelical Christian
youths calling themselves Young Evangelicals for Climate Action posted the
following on their website (http://www.yecaction.org/): "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently
announced a plan to roll back the Clean Power Plan – our nation’s most
comprehensive plan to date for tackling carbon emissions from power plants –
with few concrete details for a plan that will replace it. Meanwhile, climate
change continues to fuel more severe and destructive extreme weather events
that threaten God’s creation, our loved ones, and our neighbors down the street
and across the globe. This is absolutely
unacceptable." (Emphasis is theirs
Closer to home, on December 4, 2017, the Sebastopol Unified
School District unanimously passed a resolution that states unequivocally that
"climate change is a children's issue". This started a chain reaction among school
boards, city councils and county boards of supervisors.
On January 21, 2018, at the CCL NorCal Conference, Schools
for Climate Action presented a slide show that spelled out steps to be taken by
school stakeholders, elected leaders, and institutions. They gave as examples the Climate Change
Resolution by the Sebastopol Unified School District, the Carbon Fee and
Dividend Endorsement by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, and the
interest taken by the West Sonoma County School Board. (See: https://schoolsforclimateaction.weebly.com/.)
On January 25, the Ross Valley School District in Marin Co
also passed a climate action resolution unanimously. Then on Monday, January 29 it was announced
that a climate change resolution is on the agenda of the Santa Rosa City
The wave of awareness and the need to take action to
address these issues continues.