Opinion: Support climate strike

By Kristen Davenport & Avrum Katz
Posted 10/3/19

A letter to the Taos High principal:I hope the new school year and new school are treating you well. My two kids - Ella Katz and Silas Katz - attend Taos High and I was on one of your hiring …

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Opinion: Support climate strike

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A letter to the Taos High principal:

I hope the new school year and new school are treating you well. My two kids - Ella Katz and Silas Katz - attend Taos High and I was on one of your hiring committees this summer.

I wanted to express my support for the Taos High School English teacher, Jim Kristofic, who (rumor has it) attempted to take a bus of kids down to the climate strike in Santa Fe today and who was apparently denied the bus to take them.

I am not sure where that decision was made, perhaps above your head, but I think it's outrageous that our school district does not want to support our children participating in democratic action for something so fundamental as the health of our planet. My daughter wants to drive to the climate strike, and I am going to allow it, and I know many other teens also plan to go. How much more sensible would it be if the district supported them, and supported the concept of public transportation over private transportation, by providing a bus?

The science is incredibly clear. We adults (our generation, and the generations before ours) have pretty much wrecked the planet. These kids are going to have to suffer the consequences on our behalf. The least we can do is offer them a bus to their rally where they stand up for the planet and for their future.

It's too bad the district decided this was somehow "controversial" and said no. Science is not controversial.

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