Climate Action Committee – October 2015

Climate Action Committee:
Work begins on Implementing PTA State Resolution

By Laura Schumacher

Last May I was privileged to be a delegate to the California State PTA Convention representing the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs. At convention, we adopted the resolution Climate Change is a Children’s Issue – a resolution written and submitted by our Council. For the first time, we have put climate change on the California State PTA agenda as a children’s issue.

Now that the resolution has passed, we are forming a Climate Action Committee to implement the six action steps called for in the resolution.

The good news is we’re already making progress!

In July, the San Diego Unified board of education voted to develop a Climate Action Plan for San Diego Unified Schools with the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2035.

Starting this year San Diego Unified students will gain a deeper understanding of climate science by the time they graduate from high school as part of the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by California and 13 other states plus the District of Columbia (D.C).

There’s still more to do. We want to educate parents on how a warming climate affects children’s health –  especially children with asthma. We want to work with San Diego Unified to ensure the Climate Action Plan is adopted and implemented. Plus we want to train our PTA leaders to model sustainability and move toward making your PTA activities “Zero Waste Events.”

If you would like to join the Climate Action Committee or find out more about our plans, email me at treasurer@sdcouncilpta.org .  Our committee will be stronger if we have a broad representation of our PTAs on this committee. Please consider joining us.

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