8th Grade Climate Activism Trip to Washington, D.C.

This week, the entire 8th Grade went down to Washington, D.C., to support climate activists lobbying for House Resolution 975, which connects the impact of climate change to youth mental health. We joined high school student activists from Sonoma Academy, in California, who drafted H.Res.975 and founded Schools For Climate Action. They partnered with Moms Clean Air Force and other climate activists. Our students participated in a total of 52 meetings in the House of Representatives and chose how they wanted to advocate in each meeting. Many read personal statements about how climate change has impacted their lives, while others explained the important evidence contained in H.Res.975 to House staffers.

Special thanks to Nancy Metzger-Carter, Gisselle, Madigan, Izzy, and the rest of the Sonoma Academy Schools for Climate Action team for organizing and training our students.

Representative Veronica Escobar tweeted about the visit – click here to read!

One group of students even got to meet with Park alumnus Bennett Abrams ’17, who works as a Legislative Assistant for Michigan Representative Elissa Slotkin (pictured above).

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