About Climate Action Night
How We Got Started
In 2019 SRJC hosted the first Climate Action Night. For this event, student groups prepared tri-fold posters about state legislation that were making their way through the California Senate and/or Assembly. Over two hundred people attended the event, learned about the bills and wrote postcards to legislators. Some of those bills passed due to popular support, even though they had strong opposition from lobbying groups (Public Banking for example). We were part of that public support- hooray for success!
In 2020, the event was transformed into a web-based presentation of the students’ work. Student representatives went on to meet with our state Senators and Assembly members via Zoom to continue the lobbying effort. These meetings were very empowering as students got to speak directly to legislators.
This year, 2021, we will continue to use the digital/remote format with over 90 students participating from 10 different institutions.
Sunny Galbraith is an environmental activist with local climate action group 350 Sonoma and a high school science and math teacher at Orchard View School in Sebastopol. Sunny serves on the Sebastopol City Council’s Zero Waste Committee and is a member of the Zero Waste North Bay Task Force. Sunny co-chairs the Santa Rosa Junior College Climate Action Night.
Abigail Zoger is an instructor in the Biological Sciences Department at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she has taught general biology, botany and ecology since 1997. Abigail co-chairs the Santa Rosa Junior College Climate Action Night.
Climate Action Night was awarded the 2020 Best Practice Award for Partnership Sustainability and Planning by the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference!