Our students’ learning journey this summer has taken them to the American River, the Richmond refinery communities, and the EBMUD West Oakland wastewater treatment plant. Students also planted trees to provide shade for a local nursery school, met with legislators in Sacramento, and completed externships to gain work experiences with local environmental organizations.
Tag: New Voices Are Rising
n June 26, we were happy to welcome our students for the first day of the Summer Climate Justice Youth Leadership Academy! On Wednesday our students toured the EcoCenter and on Firday they went on an environmental justice tour of Modesto lead by Friends of the River and the Tuolumne River Trust.
On June 1, New Voices student-interns joined local youth and visited Phil Tagami’s office in downtown Oakland to ask why he won’t drop his lawsuit against the city’s ban on coal exports. The students wore elf hats saying “it’s Christmas in June, don’t give the kids coal.”
With pollution, dams and climate change altering the face of our watersheds, our rivers are starting to look less and less familiar. On River Day, May 3, our New Voices youth interns went to lobby at the California State Assembly for bills AB 1667, 1668 and 1669 to protect water in California. These three bills together increase agricultural water efficiency, help communities prepare for drought years, and set standards for urban water conservation.
Rose intern, Mykela Patton, recently went to the Plan Bay Area 2040 Alameda County town hall and she shares her opinion on the plan
Our New Voices students joined the Citizen’s Climate March around Oakland’s Lake Merritt, on Saturday, April 29. The march called for serious action on climate change, a problem that threatens all, especially the youth who are inheriting a world with climbing temperatures and a destabilized climate. Our students led an art table that helped all participants make colorful and creative signs with personal climate messages.
Nate is a New Voices Are Rising Fellow and will soon join a cohort of 15 other students for our Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy. Nate needs your help to raise $15,000 to support youth leaders this summer.
Join New Voices Are Rising Thursday June 2nd from 6:30-8:30PM at the Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter Auditorium in Oakland for a Plan Bay Area Open House, where we will discuss the challenges of land use and future population growth.
Last summer New Voices Are Rising collaborated with five environmental justice programs to give Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy students an in-depth look at what it means to be a leader for environmental health in their community.