Young Voices on Climate Change

by Stephanie Chasteen on April 11, 2011

Here’s a really cool project, getting young people involved in community action.  I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while.  Lynne Cherry (a well known children’s book author, has produced a series of short films about young people who are taking action about climate change.  Each story is a little different — a Siberian girl who collects water samples to document climate change in the Arctic, a group of students who promote green practices in their school — and this is part of the charm of these little films.  They’re uplifting little stories of how a few young people decided to do something because they’re concerned about their future.

From the press release:

Dreaming in Green features four middle school girls who conduct an energy audit and save their school $53,000 in energy bills. Plant for the Planet shows 11-year-old Felix Finkbeiner facilitating the planting of a million trees in Germany. Team Marine gets a ban on plastic bags (made from fossil fuel) in Santa Monica. And the Green Ambassadors reduce waste through their Clean Canteen campaign and Clean Plate Club. These poignant young voices reach our hearts as we watch youth taking the lead, creating and implementing their own projects, garnering support from scientists, teachers, parents and peers, and taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

You can access the videos from the Young Voices on Climate Change website, or YouTube. Their website is also chock full of stuff for teachers and students, green solutions, and overall positive stuff about what can actually be done about climate change — geared towards kids.  Check it out.  One of their videos is embedded below.

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