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Santa Barbara School Board Adopts Sweeping Climate Change Resolution

By Josh Molina ~ Noozhawk ~

Santa Babara Unified School District trustees have approved a sweeping resolution recognizing the threat of climate change and its connection to social justice and equity.

The resolution, backed last week on a 5-0 vote, states that climate change disproportionately affects young people, people of color and those living in poverty.

“Children represent a particularly vulnerable group because greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere will continue to accumulate over the coming decades,” according to the resolution.

The resolution commits the Santa Barbara Unified School District to focusing on environmental and sustainability education; climate science for students in kindergarten through 12th grade; facility projects that incorporate solar panels, LED lighting and electric vehicle charging stations; climate-friendly food service that increases plant-based menu offerings; and food waste reduction programs.

The district also will establish a sustainability subcommittee.

“This resolution affirms the school district’s commitment to do our part to address the climate crisis,” school board member Laura Capps told Noozhawk. “… Climate change is here, it is local, and it impacts our schools, our students and the future they are inheriting.”

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