The recent convergence of multiple societal crises has highlighted stark inequities in our institutions. Social impact and equity are no longer on the sidelines of public discourse. This October, the CAELI District Innovation Hub saw the culmination and success of months of efforts from one of their working groups at the Green California Schools and … READ MORE
In this interview, we spoke with Gilbert Rosas, Director II of Sustainability & Adaptation at Modesto City Schools. Gilbert serves on the World Resource Institute’s Electric School Bus Advisory Council and gained national attention with two of the fastest electric bus deployments in California’s history at Stockton Unified School District and Modesto City Schools.
Environmental literacy leader Andra Yeghoian was recently elected as CAELI Co-Chair by the CAELI Executive Committee, effective March 1st. Yeghoian, the Environmental Literacy and Sustainability Coordinator from San Mateo County Office of Education, is a bold strategic thinker capable of inspiring change – read her thought-provoking call to action in response to the IPCC Report. … READ MORE
In early 2021, the California Environmental Literacy Initiative (CAELI) sought to center its work in equity, diversify representation, and move to a model of self-governance when it launched a new innovation hub structure. The change has resulted in a far-reaching system of inclusion that has championed new ideas and voices collaborating to achieve environmental literacy … READ MORE
Following the recent 26th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow and the increasing awareness — as a result of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) — of the escalating and destructive impacts of global climate change, 27 organizations have come together … READ MORE
As students return to school this fall, educators are tasked with balancing young people’s education with a staggering set of urgent situations that call us to act. An important starting point is for education leaders to understand the significance of the most recent findings of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report. In this article, Andra Yeghoian, environmental literacy coordinator at the San Mateo County Office of Education, outlines the significance of the IPCC report and offers a blueprint for educators to use this crucial moment in history to foster climate-conscious youth.
For a generation of youth who refuse to continue a legacy of environmental destruction, the promise of a sustainable future is in question if we stay on our current path. Youth are litigating the loss of biodiversity, the acceleration of species extinction, and a planet on fire as they inherit a suffering planet that threatens their future. Driven by fear validated by scientific data, youth are calling for action to be taken across generational divides. In this month’s Youth Climate Leaders interview, we spoke with two of the students leading the climate emergency declaration effort in San Mateo County –– Katinka Lennemann and Lilian Chang –– about the role of education in the push for climate justice.
In a world facing ongoing climate crises, youth bring a belief in science and the will to survive to counter powerful decision-makers driven by self-interest. Two student leaders, Atiya Angleen and Maram Ahmed, helped drive significant change at their schools despite facing challenges. In this Q&A, they share how this advocacy can serve as inspiration for a cultural sea change in the effort to mitigate the climate crisis.