Want to see faces as you fight climate change? Check out these teens in Park City

Want to see the face of climate change? They are in front of me. Three teenagers, Nina, Tess, and Montana. It doesn’t seem scary at all. They did not even bring together an attacker. If you stand on the other end, no one will turn back from the path of darkness.

But, if not for them, the Park City School District will not be committed to achieving 100% clean energy in the district within 9 years and converting it entirely to fossil fuels in 19 years.

The Park City “Joint Commitment to Clean Energy” campaign began in May 2020, as the epidemic intensified under the auspices of the Sera Club Utah chapter and the Salt Lake School District. Undaunted, the Crusades began, and 18 months later the Park City School Board approved the decision and crossed the line.

My grandson Ben told me about the Park City climate change. Ben Granite, a junior at Skyline High School, is working with Granite School District students to make a clean energy commitment similar to Park City.

“You have to write about what the kids in Park City are doing,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

So Ben and I went to Park City High School to find the three Crusaders and tell us how they picked it up.

Nina Seraphin is the leader of the Climate Change Team. After Nina learned about the crusade at Rebekah Ashley’s National Clean School of Conservatory from Sera Club, Nina began planning how Park City would participate. She soon joined Tess Carson, president of Park City High School Climate Action Club Nina, then Montana Burak and others.

Nina started her climate campaign three years ago when she moved to Utah. She was raised in Washington, D.C. – by her father, Zig Seraphim, a former Microsoft executive who moved her family to Utah.

Gemstone School District Renewable Energy Campaign Benjamin Benson, Left, Nina Seraphine, Park City School District Renewable Energy Student, Tess Carson, Park City School District Renewable Energy Campaign and Montana Burak, Park City School District Renewable Energy Campaign Member, Take a portrait outside Park City High School on Friday, November 5, 2021.
Christine Murphy, Deseret News

The family originally lived in Utah County, and the air quality was “a cultural shock,” said Nina. Her mother, Ashley, once saw the scroll – you can see it – and put a mask on her children. This was it. before The plague.

It was at this time that the world came to understand the life of Nina, a Swedish girl. In January 2018, 15-year-old Gretta, sitting outside the Swedish parliament, jumped on the bandwagon to demand climate change.

Her active but effective protest on Friday sparked a global movement for the future – the group’s support statement stated “Planet B does not exist” – expanding to 150 countries and 7,500 cities, including Salt Lake City. Every Friday, Utah youth see the state capital for climate change, often including Nina and her friends.

“Gretta is one of my biggest motivations,” says Nina. “She is very cowardly in all her activities and I look forward to seeing how she interacts with the authorities. She is very good at communicating with people.

So, it’s Nina. In addition to leading a clean energy initiative, she agreed to stop using styrofoam in her cafeterias and spoke privately to the district.

First, in response to the general commitment to clean energy, school board members and district facility administrators responded positively when they asked students to set goals, and adults expected to respond.

“There was a lot of pushing, especially after we set a firm date (2030 for overall sustainable energy, 2040 for all sectors of transport).

The main opposition? “Money, for sure,” said Nina. “Ultimately, refined energy will be positive, but not ahead.”

He added with pity, “It is very difficult to run for re-election as a board member. People are looking at your decisions here and now, not in 10 years.

In a show of strong public support, the students collected 500 signatures on social media in their petition to the Board. He also received support from Park City Mayor Andy Birman and Summit County Council.

Looks like he did the trick. When the resolution was scheduled to be voted on at the school board meeting last August 28, the students were optimistic. Nina, Tess, and Montana attended the meeting with their fingers crossed. When the voice of support is finished, relax and express them.

And how did the face of climate change celebrate their victory?

“I went outside and breathed a sigh of relief,” says Nina. “It’s still clean, for now.”

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