By Krystal Ford Several months into my son’s first year of Kindergarten I could only name half the kids in my son’s class and a handful of staff at the Garrison School. I was still learning to navigate the unfamiliar terrain of pick-ups and drop-offs and how to find my son’s classroom without getting lost. But a few months later all that would change. In March of 2018, I went to my first school board meeting with the intention of reading a Climate Change Resolution that the Sebastapol Union School board in California passed in December 2017 and asked my school to pass one too. The reason I wanted my school to pass the climate change resolution, initially, was that I wanted them to establish a committee that made recommendations to the board. That way when they made decisions on curriculum or undertook building repairs, they would think about climate change and lowering their carbon footprint. I had just started volunteering for the Philipstown Climate Smart Task Force, our mission being to reduce our town’s carbon footprint and educate the community. My mind immediately latched onto the very symbol of education, my son’s public school. Schools are like mini-towns. […]

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