Columbia University’s Eco Ambassadors Program of the Center for Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation in New York City and New Jersey Audubon, is organizing a Climate Education Youth Summit for New York and New Jersey’s students. This Summit is best for middle and high schoolers as well as college students, but all are welcome! Each day of the Summit will include a panel of inspiring speakers as well as hands-on, skills-oriented workshops addressing the climate crisis. Our conversations will be based on the following key questions, with a theme each day.
The themes include climate education, community organizing, action planning, communication & arts for climate, and tips from students on college and career preparation.
How can communities take up climate change related actions?
How are students addressing the issue of climate change education?
What role does education play in addressing climate change?
How can institutions help to raise awareness and change behaviors?
The goal of the Summit will be to spread awareness about the climate crisis and its links to education through fun and engaging discussions. It will also help students learn how to address sustainability issues in their communities.
The Summit will also make youth aware of career pathways in sustainability and environmental education. There will be networking sessions with current sustainability track Columbia University students. The Summit will also provide opportunities for Q and As with world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, marine biologist Joaquim Goes, and New York Times reporter and Earth Institute journalist Andrew Revkin. In addition, there will be numerous workshops designed to help youth enhance environmental skills and play an active role in their communities to address sustainability issues. The Summit is a great opportunity to open young minds to the possibilities in research and activism. The Summit’s keynote speaker is New Jersey’s First Lady, Ms. Tammy Murphy who is spearheading climate change education as an integral topic in New Jersey’s K-12 school learning standards.