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Green School Campaign Organizes Young Students at Long Beach School Board Meeting

February 16th, 2022

Stanford Middle School student Shemaiah Joy interviewed Long Beach Green School Campaign students at the February 16th Valentine's Craft Event the movement organized.

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Combating Climate Anxiety: How Young Activists in California Are Taking Care of Themselves, and Each Other

January 6th, 2022

Diana Michaelson is a 16-year-old junior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School who has been worried about climate change since her first year. That’s when she learned her hometown of Long Beach would be facing serious sea level rise by the time she’s 25.

"I've always been told to do it for your children, save the future for the next generation," said Michaelson. "And what I've realized is, at this current rate, there's no saving the next generation. We're seeing the effects right now."

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Student-driven Long Beach Green Schools Campaign powers on

January 6th, 2022

While most of us are still fumbling with our 2022 resolutions, high schooler Diana Michaelson is laser-focused on 2030. That’s when she and her Long Beach Green Schools Campaign (LBGSC) student posse want the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to completely convert to using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

“Our goal is [for the board] to pass a 100% clean energy resolution,” she told the Signal Tribune.

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These students want LBUSD to go green, and they’re keeping pressure on the school board

October 29th, 2021

Students from across Long Beach have become a consistent presence at the biweekly Long Beach Unified Board of Education meetings, making their voices heard in support of the student-led Long Beach Green Schools Campaign. And their persistence may be yielding some results.


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December 29th, 2021

LBUSD student Diana discusses the creation, current goals, and future of the Long Beach Green Schools Campaign.


Green Schools Campaign at Poly

January 22th, 2022

The Poly Green Schools campaign is looking to transition the Long Beach Unified School district’s electricity to 100% renewable energy by 2030. The student club’s goals extend outside of the electricity sector as well with the club hoping to get LBUSD off all non renewable energy by 2040. As of now, the school is running on between 15-20% renewable energy which is average according to club president Diana Michaelson, a PACE junior.
Although that may sound like a lofty goal, the club has made steady progress since their founding in August 2020. Michaelson said they have received their first commitment from LBUSD facilities director Alan Reising. Reising promised to work with the club provided they acknowledge funds must be available for the switch to work.

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Youth Climate Rally Calls For Renewable Energy In Schools

October 18th, 2021

For decades, Long Beach’s Martin Luther King Park has played host to countless kids from the East Side and elsewhere across the city. Whether they were headed to the pool or out playing football, on any given Saturday one would expect to see dozens of local kids enjoying a day at the park...

But on a recent Saturday morning, a group of passionate Long Beach students went to King Park not for leisure, but to make their voices heard. The student-run Long Beach Green Schools Campaign recently held a Youth Climate Rally, seeking community support for their initiative urging the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to commit to 100 percent clean, renewable energy in its schools.cheer tea

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October 6th, 2021

The morning air intertwined with youth voices chanting, cars honking in support, and bystanders enthusiastically applauding as youth rallied through Orange Ave. on Sept. 18.

Their message was short but clear, “be part of the solution, not the pollution.” They want climate justice, now.

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Long Beach Poly teen on national environmental campaign

June 7th, 2021

Out of the mouth of babes.
Diana Michaelson is a bit older than that — 15. But the 10th grade student at Long Beach Poly High School has become an environmental leader in the city. She is taking her campaign to Sunrise Movement Long Beach, the local chapter of a national crusade.

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Poly High students rally for Long Beach Unified to go green

June 4th, 2021

Long Beach students are pushing for the local school district to go green.

A group of Poly High School students established the Poly Green Schools Campaign last summer, an initiative to transition the Long Beach Unified School District off of fossil fuels in the electricity sector by 2030 and in all other energy sectors by 2040.

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These young climate activists are pushing LBUSD to go completely green by 2040

May 5th, 2021

Five months into a global pandemic—at a time when planning even a week ahead felt nearly impossible—a group of bright, passionate students was looking ardently toward the future. In August of 2020, a collection of students at Poly High School and other area schools launched the Poly Green Schools Campaign, with aspirations of transitioning the Long Beach Unified School District to 100% clean, renewable energy in all sectors by 2040.