We are not prepared...
We are not prepared...
On Friday, September 20th, 2019, millions of students all around the world stood up to demand that leaders act on Climate Change - what many consider the existential crisis of our time. However, we can’t wait for leaders to do something for us, we must act for ourselves.
Sadly, most of us don’t know what to do. We do not have to read even one book on the environment in high school. We are not required to understand the science of climate change. We are not taught the economics of clean energy or the history of the environmental movement. In high school, we are not taught what we need to know. When most of this year’s Seniors vote for the next President of the United States, most of our knowledge of the environment will have to come from our social media feeds.
Tell the Santa Barbara Unified School District to change that. Our future is too important to leave to #influencers and Snapchat stories. Give us the opportunity to learn about the environment in school. Give us the opportunity to be the informed citizenry that the founders of this nation knew we needed to be. We are ready to take this crisis on, but we are not prepared because our education has not prepared us. Fifty-seven years ago, Rachel Carson ignited the environmental movement with her book, Silent Spring, in which she says: “The public must decide whether it wishes to continue on the present road, and it can do so only when in full possession of the facts. In the words of Jean Rostand, ‘The obligation to endure gives us the right to know.’”
Our generation will be forced to endure climate change. We have a right to know what it is and what we can do to fix it.
My name is Alex Moosbrugger and I have an idea. First, tell the Santa Barbara Unified School District we need an education on the environment. We are all required to take four years of English, there should be time for one book on the environment. We have to take life science in high school, we can spend one unit on the existential threat to life on this planet. This education needs to extend across the entire spectrum in all subjects and in CP, Honors, and AP level classes. We all have a right to an education on the environment.
Second, we want a credential program, one in which students of all interests can choose to take multiple classes that focus on the environment in order to earn a Credential in Sustainability. This would allow us to both get the fuller education we need and demonstrate to future employers or colleges that we know more about the environment than just what pops up on our social media feed.
Third, for those who want to go beyond the classroom and get real-world experience working on the environment while still in high school, we want the opportunity to show what we can do in a Capstone Project. A Capstone will allow students to work with local business, education, and non-profit leaders in a meaningful way to both make our community more environmentally friendly and provide a genuine bridge to our futures.
We can't afford to wait for others to act for us - we must act for ourselves, right now.
Sign this petition to start.
Alex Moosbrugger, Senior, San Marcos High School
To learn more about this Credential Program, view my complete website here at: https://educateforenvironment.wordpress.com/
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