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Sonoma County Youth Leaders Converge to Share Climate Solutions

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Sonoma County Youth Leaders Converge to Share Climate Solutions

Youth leaders converge to share climate solutions November 18, 2016 (Santa Rosa CA) – The Center for Climate Protection’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) brought together 100 students and community leaders from across Sonoma County for the Green Teen Gathering. High school students from six schools and nine community organizations came together to share ways to make their school, communities, and the world a greener place. YAB members spoke about their triumphs and challenges to create positive action in response to the climate crisis. Students learned from each other about broad-ranging sustainability projects, i.e. changing their transportation habits, conserving water, and supporting actions like the Standing Rock protests.

We have to DREAM BIG. It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention and, well, theneed is here. We are a community of problem solvers. We are a community of creative thinkers.  We are the “can do” generation. Climate change is a solvable problem. Interesting, inventive  and creative solutions are all around us waiting to be discovered." said Jasmine Jolly, the  Keynote Speaker, Windsor High School Senior and CCP YAB member.

With transportation accounting for over 50% of Sonoma County’s carbon footprint, walking and bicycling are targeted as the easiest and most powerful action students can take. The Center for Climate Protection’s award-winning ECO2school program works with student leaders in their clubs and classes to help them calculate their carbon footprint and implement actions to reduce that footprint. In the 2015-16 school year, students saved 39 tons or CO2 from being emitted. They are aiming to save even more this year. This year’s Green Teen Gathering inspired and motivated youth leaders as they networked for more effective action.

Santa Rosa Students Discussing Climate Solutions

 

 

“Teens are smart, caring and capable,” says Alina Huff, ECO2school Program Coordinator. “They recognize the risk to their future climate change represents and want to be a part of the solution. At ECO2school we help them turn their passion into experience. We give them the tools to channel their energy into action,” She said

 

 

 

About the Center for Climate Protection: The Center for Climate Protection creates model programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis.

About ECO2school: The Center for Climate Protection’s ECO2school program works in Sonoma County high schools to foster student leadership and encourage positive action, connecting individual behavior to global issues.

For more information, please contact: Amy Jolly, ECO2school Program Manager 707-525-1665, x119 or 707-230-7231 amy@climateprotection.org

This project is supported in part by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s One Bay Area Grant Program, Measure M, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Program, Spare the Air Youth and The Bay Area Air Quality Management District.