Whereas, the leading scientific bodies both nationally and internationally agree that the earth’s climate is changing and that humanity’s release of heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere is the greatest contributor to that change;
Whereas, the science of global warming has prompted the United Nations and governments around the world to begin redefining our economies and to call for an end to the fossil fuel era through the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and other actions;
Whereas, the effects of climate change are already being experienced throughout the world, and noticeably in California, with an increase in average temperatures, wildfires, and sea levels, stressing water supplies and local ecosystems;
Whereas, some 89% of Californians view climate change as a serious threat to our environment and economy, and the state is responding with regulation, legislation, and a continued commitment to the Paris Agreement in spite of recent federal action;
Whereas, given the multigenerational effects of climate change, it is crucial that all California students understand the causes and consequences of climate disruption as well as the various evolving strategies to mitigate its effects;
Whereas, community college students in California do not currently have consistent access to adequately funded, high-quality learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, that build environmental literacy;
Whereas, California’s growing commitment to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education offers an unparalleled opportunity for preparing and equipping students to study climate disruption and to respond to it through energy-efficient and zero-carbon building practices, local renewable energy generation, and similar methods;
Be it therefore resolved that the San Diego Community College District will promote climate science, along with its social, economic, and environmental consequences for climate justice, to ensure that all community college students have the opportunity to become climate literate.
Be it further resolved, that the San Diego Community College District will collaborate with the initiative of its faculty and students to develop a comprehensive climate literacy program that includes new curriculum and materials, professional development and training for educators, and links to other organizations such as the United Nations for professional, informed content as part of its program.
Submitted by Peter Zschiesche, Trustee, SDCCD