Application to the Fairfax Climate Action Committee

I recently was accepted to the Fairfax Climate Action Committee, which was decided on at a public meeting with the council. I was amazed at the absolute balance of good humor and kindness of the council, and even though I was nervous, the time felt both considered and generative. It’s the first time I met the council, and I see Fairfax so much more clearly through their eyes. They showed me so much about leadership, and were so gracious throughout the interview. Here’s what I submitted as my explanation of why I was seeking membership on the committee.

Town Council,

Today I am applying for membership to the Fairfax Climate Action committee, a group I have been working with as a volunteer for the last month and a half. I’ve been amazed by the expertise of this group, and I’ve been learning so much and making friends with some of the most incredible individuals working tirelessly to bring what they can to the care and long term future of Fairfax, and Marin. I’ve helped with the town picnic outreach, helped on strategy and design for the Engagement committee, and have been present as a member of the public at meetings. I am humbled by the commitee every day. I am so grateful to be a part of it.

I’m currently a member of Climate Changemakers: a climate outreach organization, and I’ve been part of campaigns reaching out to our senators in california about CEPP and Democratic Reforms focused on climate action. I also am part of an All We Can Save Circle where we discuss and meet about, what the architects of the project call “Nurturing a welcoming, connected, and leaderful climate community, rooted in the work and wisdom of women, to grow a life-giving future.” Climate is something I work on almost every day of the week, if not every day of the week. Last month I marched in San Francisco with the Fridays for the Future Rally.

In their own words: FridaysForFuture is a youth-led and -organised movement that began in August 2018, after 15-year-old Greta Thunberg and other young activists sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral.”

I was proud to stand with the future leaders, if not todays leaders of the climate movement, and the day is something that lives with me at so many times. It’s our responsibility to change what’s going on in our world, from the ground up. The everyday systems we are currently in need to be rengaged, to work across generations and people across all spectrums. and I think all of this experience will allow me to be a voice on the committee. I also work and study with an incredible team at Peets in Tiburon and can offer a wealth of coffee brewing expertise and coffee fueled insights.

Immediately I’m already working with the engagement subcommittee, and as a lifelong designer with academic and professional experience I plan to lend that to the Climate Action Committee. And first and foremost, I’ll be listening. I’ll be listening across generational and economic divides. I’ll be listening to the days as the time passes as the world itself cries out for change. I’m already a student at the climate action commitee, and I hope to offer a way to bring the work of this committee out into the world as part of of the communications team.

Thank you for your time tonight.

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