Six students from DJUSD presented a video to the council about Climate Strike.
Amber Crenna-Armstrong, a student a Davis High, was one of the local leaders of the local action last Friday. She read a follow-up letter written by one of their youth representatives, Emma Larson.
“The youth of Davis, following the lead of people all over the world, are declaring that we have a climate emergency on our hands. Our precious planet is dying and everyone is being affected by it.
“We are writing this letter to you, the leaders of our community – demanding that you lead change.
“Davis a very environmentally aware city and we are grateful for that. However we are not talking enough about these issues in our school and some of the kids don’t even know what’s going on in our world.
“Not enough is getting done in our country or our world about these catastrophes. So we need our cities, our districts, our states, and our countries to start doing more to lead the change.
“This is really frightening for us. We constantly hear about the impacts of climate change. We feel the earth changing – with the California fires, we breathe in the smoke. And us, as our youth, cannot understand why the adults and our leaders are not stepping in and making changes.
“For me personally I grieve every day for my future, my children’s future, that I know will be lost due to climate change. This climate crisis robs us of our childhoods. And at this point it is both hugely unfair and wrong that the children of our world feel forced to take a stand due to the neglect and irresponsible behavior of the adults in power and those leading our communities worldwide.
“The leaders in our world are not taking the climate crisis seriously and some are refusing to acknowledge its existence. We need you, the caring and responsible adults in our community, to hold these leaders accountable and to take vital steps to save our planet. The change that we so desperately need is not happening fast enough.
“So we, the youth of Davis, California, our parents, and our earth, demand that the adults running our community, our state, and our country step up and face the greatest challenge of our time – climate destruction.
“The city of Davis has made the commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2030, but we also want the city to find new ways to reduce CO2 emissions, to reduce single-use plastics, to increase public transportation availability in the city and we want to see these steps taken as soon as possible.
“We must change the mental focus from me to we. We all live here together and we have to care for each other and our earth. The sacrifice that we all must make will be worth it. We need to have a healthy home when we grow up and our children grow up and so please help us make this possible.
“As Martin Luther King once said, the time is always right to do the right thing.
“So we need you to step up and do the right thing, if not for your own, then for us, your representatives here – our animals, our plants, our people who are all over the world dying due to this climate crisis.”
The letter was signed by numerous students, representing many more.