A staged "die-in" at Santa Rosa mall to demonstrate the perils of climate change

Youth-led staged “die-in” successful in raising awareness about climate change dangers

by Gavin Sellers and Amy Jolly The Climate Center staff members recently turned out to participate in a youth-led climate strike. The action, organized by the Sonoma County Sunrise Movement, began at Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, where about 50 youth members and supporting individuals assembled at 12:00 pm on Friday, December 6th. The participants […]

Time’s Person of the Year is its youngest ever: Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist

Thunberg is Time’s Person of the Year — the magazine’s youngest ever.

Youth speak at the Climate Strike in Santa Rosa on September 20, 2019

The Climate Center’s youth demand real action– climate policy for rapid decarbonization

Over four million of us demonstrated across the world on September 20th. School strikers, unions, businesses, teachers, scientists, celebrities, and religious organizations took to the streets. Hearing the call to action from Greta Thunberg, people united across time zones and cultures to fight the fossil fuel industry for our future. While we might all expect […]

ECO2school’s youth climate activists are part of a movement affecting national politics

It would be hard to make it through a newspaper over the last few months without hearing about the youth climate activist movements – Fridays for Future, Sunrise, Youth vs. Apocalypse, and the Green New Deal. The Center for the Climate Protection has the honor of working with some of the youth involved in these […]

Build it and they will walk and bike: youth, government, and developer collaborate for expedited infrastructure changes

by Kevin Anderson, The Climate Center “They already made those changes?” a student excitedly asked during a recent discussion in Mrs. Marika Ramsden’s One Planet Living class at Credo High School in Rohnert Park. There were a number of Credo students surprised to find that some of their very own recommendations for bike and pedestrian-related […]

The Climate Center youth scholarship program now open

In all of human history, we have never known an existential threat like climate change. But humans are cognitively wired to deny, ignore, or remain complacent to the crisis regardless of the floods, droughts, wildfires, rising sea levels, and other evidence surrounding us. With the current federal administration, climate change deniers and fossil fuel leaders […]

Solana Jolly spices up low-carbon commutes with Windsor High Green Week

Solana Jolly, a senior at Windsor High and co-president of the “Green Team,” recently organized a “Green Week” as her senior project. The week was supported by the staff of The Climate Center’s ECO2school program. Green Week engaged students in activities geared towards encouraging a shift in how students get to and from school. Over […]

Pairing a passion for change with a positive future: A climate career social

by Ivy Stuart, The Climate Center The Climate Center’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) once again demonstrated their passion and commitment to positive action in response to the climate crisis with the Green Careers Pathway Social. Environmentally-savvy youth from high schools across Sonoma County joined together with peers and panelists to discuss and learn about environmentally-conscious […]

Meet our World Changers program interns

The Climate Center’s World Changers program is fostering the next generation of climate leaders. This semester we have two interns, one from Sonoma State and one from the Santa Rosa Junior College who are putting their knowledge and passion together for climate action. Allison Piazzoni is a senior at Sonoma State University. She will be […]

Unexpected expansion of youth movement takes off

By V.V. Young Young climate activists have been making news recently, and the trend does not seem to be abating. In fact, it appears to be picking up steam. The emergence of Greta Thunberg with her speech at the 2018 Climate Summit in Poland last fall, along with her weekly school walk-out strike, has sparked […]