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Prioritizing Climate Initiatives in Menlo Park, Concerns from Students

From: domainremoved <Kiernan>
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2019 09:33:19 -0800

Hello,
My name is Kiernan Dunn. I am a senior at Menlo-Atherton High School, and
it has come to my attention that in drafting goals for our city for the new
year, the push for climate initiatives hasn’t been sufficiently
represented.
I contact you as a concerned youth. I have recently gained the right to
vote, however, I speak for the members of my environmentalist club, SEEDS,
and members of my generation who feel as if they do not have a voice to
call attention to the issues that affect our city and will specifically
affect our generation for the rest of our lives.
We have come very far since the initial climate neutral goal, however this
should not distract from the continued work and effort that still needs to
be done to ensure a lasting and sustainable future for Menlo Park. As I
drive to school I am bombarded by increasing amount of construction, many
of which are using and implementing the need for more and more fossil
fuels. I ask that we look at where we can make these newer buildings to be
zero carbon and fossil free. Furthermore, investing in better bike paths
and more accessible public transportation would encourage more people
 within our city to take steps towards reducing individual carbon
footprints.
Climate change is an issue that affects the entire world, but if we
continue to take serious actions to mitigate and prevent the loss of
biodiversity and resources essential for our future within own city we can
influence a greater change around us. I ask you to seriously consider
prioritizing climate change issues in the 2019 agenda so that our future
and the future of our children can have a Menlo Park we can come back to
and be proud of.

Kiernan Dunn, President of SEEDS, Menlo-Atherton High School
Received on Fri Feb 01 2019 - 09:29:57 PST

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