Local kids learning the ways of 'JEDI' and climate to become ambassadors for their community
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Two local organizations are helping kids become more involved in understanding climate change.
They are also learning something called JEDI. Though it sounds like a Star Wars reference, it actually stands for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
After adding climate to the mix, the kids learned a whole lot about their community and environment.
The Piedmont Housing Alliance and the Community Climate Collaborative have spent the last few weeks with kids in the Friendship Court community. With kids doing most of the planning, they put on events to bring together neighbors and friends.
"Their goal is to become ambassadors for their community. They are the people who will do the work in their community that relates to social justice and climate justice," said Melody Jackson, director of JEDI for the Piedmont Housing Alliance
Now, since climate was one of the issues focused on, what do the organizers think of the Thursday morning ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that curbs the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to fight climate change by addressing greenhouse gas emissions?
"It has to be an effort that we are all taking care of, not just a court that is making a decision," said Latricia Giles, residential climate and equity program manager at the Community Climate Collaborative.
This group of kids plans to speak before the Charlottesville City Council to become more involved in politics and policy development.
By putting together the principles of JEDI and climate, the kids hope to serve their immediate community and beyond.