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Los Altos High students walk out for climate justice

Original post made on May 28, 2019

On Friday, Los Altos High School students staged a walkout to protest climate harm from corporations and the lack of action by local, state and federal legislators to prevent environmental degradation.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 1:34 PM

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Posted by Bruce Karney
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 28, 2019 at 2:21 pm

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Carbon Free Mountain View (CFMV) is a grassroots group of climate activists that I have the honor to Chair. We led the successful effort in 2014-2017 to bring 100% carbon-free electricity to 12 cities in Santa Clara County by advocating for the creation of Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

Now we're working to make Mountain View the environmental leader among Bay Area communities. We welcome local residents who want to advance the cause, no matter what their age or what city they live in to join our GoogleGroup or attend our meetings. See carbonfreemountainview.org for details.


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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on May 28, 2019 at 2:32 pm

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I don't even begin to know what "intersectional climate justice" means. The climate changes. We should make efforts to move away from burning stuff for energy. Solar and wind where appropriate and modern nuclear for a baseline.


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Posted by Croc Dundee
a resident of another community
on May 28, 2019 at 3:18 pm

I am very impressed with the dedication to the cause shown by these students. They have willingly sacrificed a spring day knowing that they would have to wait out 3 more days before having the opportunity to once again join their teachers in the classroom.
For those of us that work, who among would be willing to miss work four days in a row, just to show our support for such an unpopular cause?
My hat is off to these brave young men, women, and others!


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Posted by OMG
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 28, 2019 at 5:56 pm

OMG, the world is going to end in 13 yrs because of climate change, better get that 13 billion dollar Green deal going.

Who are these teachers that are brainwashing our children? Without corporations most of these students wouldn't have food on there tables.

Maybe the govt. can give them jobs, good luck with that.


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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 28, 2019 at 8:22 pm

We had a similar type of annual late spring Friday walkout when I was in high school. We called it Ditch Day. We didn't waste our valuable time with virtue signalling. We went straight to the beach or to Great America. Some people went to a baseball game, but that was risky, because there was a chance you could be on TV and get busted.

This was before the days of selfies and intersectional climate justice. I think our Ditch Day had about as much of an impact on climate change as this one.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 28, 2019 at 9:18 pm

Winter is the hardest on the unhoused living in the cold, and on the lower-income populations, who pay a larger percentage of their income on gas and electricity.

As the climate warms and temperatures rise, winters will become less harsh on these populations. Climate change therefore disproportionately helps the unhoused and lower-income populations.

Q.E.D.


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Posted by Beautiful
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 28, 2019 at 9:25 pm

It's so beautiful to see a comments section full of an entire generation so sociopathic and lacking any concern for the world that they'll leave their grandkids. Boomers, history will certainly remember you.


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Posted by Lol
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 28, 2019 at 10:45 pm

@ beautiful, perhaps it’s because Many of them were around in the ‘70’s and being told the world would end in 10 years due to ozone depletion. Or because Gore said if drastic measure weren’t made it was the end of the world.

What is with this incessant cataclysmic death wish by those on the left? Someone this week compared the recent tornadoes in the Midwest to “catastrophic climate change”. WTH? May is prime Tornado season in the Midwest, this isn’t climate change, it’s just plain old WEATHER PATTErNS.

But hey, let’s just keep adding to the drama.


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Posted by Beautiful
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 29, 2019 at 12:07 am

These kids are going to have to actually live through the disaster you're leaving them. How do you think they'll feel when they look back on their grandparents doing nothing to avoid it and mocking them instead?


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Posted by An Inconvenient Truth
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 29, 2019 at 6:28 am

I wonder how many of these beautiful kids drove to school or will fly off to vacation this summer or college this fall destroying the climate as they go.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 29, 2019 at 7:09 am

These kids need to be in class LAHS stop pushing your agenda on these kids. Out tax dollars go to getting an education.
These kids don’t even know why we honor Memorial Day.!!!
Shame on our educators for allowing this walkout.


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Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 29, 2019 at 9:21 am

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"Beautiful," besides taking a snide tone, doesn't get it at all.

"These kids are going to have to actually live through the disaster you're leaving them."

EXACTLY the same rhetoric that has been used periodically since the 1960s (as Lol already mentioned), the disaster rationales changing with the times. But I guess if you remain comfortably ignorant of history, even tired demagoguery seems fresh and new.


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Posted by Beautiful
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 29, 2019 at 9:57 am

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Disagree. It's your generation that doesn't get it, as you bury your heads in the sand. But, you won't have to live with what's coming, so what do you all care? Better to mock those who are going to live with the outcomes of your decisions. Generations used to try to leave the world a better place for those coming after, I guess the Boomers decided against that.


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Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 30, 2019 at 2:48 pm

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"Beautiful" presupposes the ages of everyone expressing a different viewpoint here, or even expressing humor (that, after calling them sociopaths and unconcerned and "doing nothing"). I hate to break the news that "Beautiful" has no more mind-reading skill than historical perspective. Being "old" is neither necessary nor sufficient for a sense of history.

High school students (or even most college students) possess nothing like the factual knowledge base and critical-thinking skills to form a well-grounded view of a complex, politicized issue like manmade climate change. Instead, they act on what they "feel," and are routinely told what to feel and to think by trusted adults, such as their teachers.

It's hardly new. German teens of the late 1930s who marched proudly in their HJ and BdM uniforms and sang rousing songs supporting their country's "new movement" were doing precisely the same thing. They too thought they were on the side of justice. They too had trusted adults telling them what to think, and sincere commenters in the newspapers dismissing and belittling any critics who dared to question or even poke any fun at the whole show.


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Posted by Beautiful
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 30, 2019 at 5:12 pm

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Impressive that it only took you two posts to compare people concerned about climate change to Nazis.

As for the rest of your post, your generation has done next to nothing to address climate change. If you'd like to argue against that, go ahead, but all you and the other posters here have done is mock and minimize the issue.


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Posted by Sophie Mutter
a resident of The Crossings
on May 30, 2019 at 5:55 pm

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Great job, kids. Now it’s time for you and your parents to take actions, get rid of car, move to a smaller home, turn off air conditioning/hearing, refrain from taking flight to travel, and reduce electronic wastes by not to upgrade your iPhone, MacBook every year. Please start it now and from your household!


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Posted by Beautiful
a resident of Monta Loma
on May 31, 2019 at 11:50 am

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Sophie, what do you estimate the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to be if every family in Mountain View took your advice?


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