On Thursday, February 9th at 5:30 PM in Room 2016 of the City County Building, youth from across the city, including Lawrence Township Schools, will come together for a public hearing to support the Climate Recovery Resolution Act. This Act states: "A PROPOSAL FOR THE SPECIAL RESOLUTION to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency and renewable energy use, to create a change-resilient City of Indianapolis that will protect the children and grandchildren of the community."
Students in the Oaklandon E-STEM club, led by Environmental Science teacher Ms. Laura Getz, will be in attendance for this hearing. These students see the detrimental impact of climate change, and are taking a stand, both through advocacy and local initiatives. Oaklandon E-STEM club members have held numerous meetings over the past year, collaborating with fellow Indianapolis students, Earth Charter Indiana
, and the Peace Learning Center
. Most recently, the club has worked with principal, Mrs. Jenny Sheets, on establishing the parking lot at Oaklandon as a "No Idling Zone." Their objective is to encourage the reduction of unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions.
"Climate change is real and presents a clear and present danger to our nation, our state, and our city," said City-County Council Vice President Zach Adamson, the sponsor of the Resolution. "I'm proud to stand with the next generation to urge immediate action on this crisis. I'm hopeful that our city leaders will hear the voices of those who'll have to live with ramifications of the choices we make today, be they good or bad. May we have the courage to step up on this issue before it's too late."
Youth Power Director, Jim Poyser, who also serves as Earth Charter Indiana's Executive Director, said, "I am grateful for many things, from these amazing young people who are stepping up, to the adult mentors who are helping to guide them, to the city officials whom I trust will show leadership in this most important issue of climate resilience."
We are proud of the advocacy taking place at Oaklandon Elementary School for Environmental Studies in the eSTEM club and support their mission and their advocacy, both this week and in their ongoing efforts to protect our planet for future generations.