September 11, 2021: STF leaders, teachers and guests renewed their Human Rights and the Climate Crisis Campaign at the 2021 Fall Leadership Workshop. “We join together every year to learn how to be the best human rights advocates possible,” said Madelyn Rahimi, “and this year our campaign is global and personal.”
“Our future is hotter summers, colder winters, drier droughts, more severe storms and floods and rising temperatures and sea levels,” explained Alisa Zhang, “but we can stand tall in front of climate change, and together drive it out of our beautiful home, planet Earth.”
Participants shared how to have conversations with family and friends about the climate crisis, including a role-play with a climate denier. Then the workshop went global and heard from a fellow youth climate activist from Uganda, Hilda Flavia Nakabuye.
“Our campaign advocates for environmental justice because this climate crisis disproportionately impacts low-income and communities of color, not just in the United States, but even more in underdeveloped countries around the world,” said STF leader Angel Macario-Flores, underscoring the global impact of the work we do to fight climate change.
The workshop celebrated progress STF students have made since launching this campaign last spring. Advocating for 100% renewable energy at our schools is not just personal but has a global impact. In breakout sessions, attendees brainstormed future education and demonstration opportunities, and identified how we can make our voices heard this fall.
Next step includes STF support for the Fridays For Future Global Climate Strike by organizing events for Friday, September 24.
We have the power to make change, and no effort is too small!
The STF Team, Pam, Kristin, Nancy, Jordan, Brennie and Joey