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Tell your representative: Protect California’s children from extreme heat events

Welby Way Elementary School in Los Angeles. Photo by Will Crovo.

We’ve all experienced extreme heat and wildfires in California over the past few years. Temperatures records have been broken up and down the West Coast during the summer and early fall, and this year is predicted to be another scorcher. 

It’s time to address the dangers of extreme heat, particularly for our children. Senate Bill 499 does exactly that. The bill would require all school sites to develop an Extreme Heat Action Plan and, by January 1, 2027, begin implementation of those plans. The bill would require the plan to include installing or planting: 1) shade trees or mini-forests, positioned on school sites where students can access them during the school day; 2) school garden infrastructure and plantings; and 3) coniferous tree barriers between the school site and any adjacent high-polluting streets or commercial projects. This way, students will be protected from the unbearable heat of the sun while playing and engaging in outdoor activities.

The bill has successfully made its way through the California State Senate and now goes to the State Assembly.

Urge your State Assemblymember to require schools to prepare for extreme heat events and keep our kids safe. Use the form below to send your message today!

Tell your representative to protect children from extreme heat

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