Schools contribute heavily to climate change on multiple levels. First, let’s just talk about the magnet schools. Sending kids across town to “other” schools means burning more fossil fuels to get them there. Whether they ride buses, get into an Uber or Lyft (which is against BOTH companies TOS by the way, as all minors are supposed to be accompanied by an adult) or get taken to school by a family friend or relative – unless they’re riding in an electric car, it is a given that fossil fuels will be burned.
On a lesser level, even schools close to the attendee’s home contribute to this, because at least half of the kids get a ride if they can – they only walk or ride bikes if they must.
Add to this the fossil fuels burned when schools go on field trips and their athletic teams compete in games, it really begins to be significant. Multiply this by the number of schools in any given region, and you have a HUGE contribution to greenhouse gases. No doubt about it.
I’m not even going to discuss the effects on the climate from heating and cooling the institutions that are the center of the educational system. Suffice it to say, this is a huge can of worms and I’m curious to see what everyone else thinks about the matter. What say you?