On December 14 the Portland City Council unanimously passed an historic ordinance banning new bulk fossil fuel terminals in the city, a bold move that commits the city to transition away from fossil fuels. This victory for climate justice is the result of over two years of grassroots organizing. Some of the most stunning voices in the struggle were those of young people, whose clarity in the face of impending climate disaster, visibly influenced the powers that be.
On this episode of Locus Focus, we speak with one of these student activists, Ella Shriner, a freshman at Grant High School, and her former teacher Jan Zuckerman, who was one of the founders of the Environmental Middle School, which morphed into Sunnyside Environmental School, where Jan taught for years. Jan devotes a lot of her time working for climate justice, and is active with the Climate Action Coalition and the Portland Public Schools Climate Justice Committee.