This article by Chris Mays originally appeared Aug. 1 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
PUTNEY — Kurt Daims of Brattleboro has been pushing for the issue of climate change to be discussed during every Windham Southeast School District meeting.
“That’s the way that recognizes the feeling of emergency I think many people in the public have,” he told the school board last week, “so that they can be assured that like national security during a wartime, which the climate crisis approaches, it’s always on the agenda for them to address.”
A nonbinding resolution to include agenda items on climate change at every meeting had been proposed by Daims and approved at the annual school district last month. His motion was amended to also direct the board to make decisions with an eye toward economic, social and racial justice.
Last Wednesday, the Windham Southeast School District Board of Directors approved a motion to establish a policy that would create a climate change council to advise on sustainability issues. The eight-member board — responsible for governing schools in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford and Putney — also will be working with leadership councils made up of people representing different schools and other committees. Daims raised concerns that the subject of climate change might not come up at every meeting. But board Chairwoman Kristina Naylor said the board hears reports from councils and committees at every meeting.
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