May 20, 2018
Utah passed a resolution this week acknowledging the role fossil fuel consumption plays in climate change, thanks in large part to the efforts of hundreds of determined high school students. The legislation, which was signed in a special ceremony Wednesday by Gov. Gary Herbert, recognizes the consequences of climate change and encourages investing in innovations to reduce carbon emissions. Seven of the students who drafted and worked to get the bill passed attended the ceremony that marked the end, for some, of two years of effort.
According to the Standard-Examiner, students at Logan High School in Logan, Utah first started working on the legislation, entitled the “Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship” in 2016 when they learned that six years ago, their state’s legislature had passed a resolution six years earlier that suspended policies reducing greenhouse gas emissions until more science on climate change became available. As the generation that would likely have to deal with most of the direct effects of such action, Logan students decided they wanted to pass their own resolution.
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