Boise-area high school students—members of the Climate Justice League—and the Idaho chapter of the Sierra Club met at Camel's Back Park on July 10 to announce they, too, should have a say in how the city and state work toward clean energy and address climate change. Presenting Boise City Council President Lauren McLean with more than 1,000 postcards thanking the city for its efforts to embrace renewable energy, they said they were disappointed with with the Idaho House's resistance to including climate change in science education standards.
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- Boise City Council President Lauren McLean accepted postcards from Boise students pressing for renewable energy use.
Therese Etoka, a recent graduate of Boise High School who will attend college in Connecticut this fall, said the effects of climate change are mostly suffered by marginalized communities like the poor, people living in rural areas and people of color.
"There's people that are left out, and those are people who are the most impacted," she said. "We're representing rural communities. It's about all of Idaho."
One of the students who testified before the Idaho House Education Committee in February, Etoka said she was silenced by its chair, Rep. Julie VanOrden (R-Pingree), who cut off testimony from anyone who referenced climate change.
"That was disheartening," she said. "I was taken aback. I wasn't even sure what I'd heard."
Speaking to the students, McLean said she would like to take the postcards with her to City Hall, where they can be put on display, and reiterated her and the City Council's commitment to combating climate change and working toward using 100 percent clean energy.
"Our council and our mayor are really with me in wanting to make this happen," she said.