The visions and values of young people have to be seen, heard, prioritized, and realized through climate change activism.” Karen O’Brien, professor of Human Geography, University of Oslo
There are so many ways students can make a difference. They can begin on the local level, studying their own school’s lighting, heating, cooling, food production and water use to find ways for schools to be sustainable. This is action-oriented learning. Students can make videos, songs, poems, plays, podcasts, meet with their representatives and use photography to raise awareness for their generation.
iMatter is a site for youth to get training and share experiences with others who are petitioning their local governments to develop action plans for climate change. They offer one-to-one support, ideas and trainings, and inspiring speakers all via Skype. Join the community!
DOT Every Action Counts! You can do something about climate change. Everyday actions add up. Do One Thing to fight climate change and help the planet! The more people join in, the bigger difference we make.
Youth Climate Action Network is an amazing example of students making a difference in their school and wider community! They’re installing a green roof on their school, plus they’re working with teachers in the area to develop curriculum + share the project with students around Boston. See YouthCan on the Today Show
Project Drawdown gathers and facilitates a broad coalition of researchers, scientists, graduate students, PhDs, post-docs, policy makers, business leaders and activists to assemble and present the best available information on climate solutions in order to describe their beneficial financial, social and environmental impact over the next thirty years.
Successful green schools are better for students, teachers, and communities. They teach students how to lead a changing world, and they support student understanding by modeling sustainable behavior through green operations and building practices.
Generation 180 is a non-profit committed to advancing the transition to clean energy and supporting a cultural shift in energy awareness among individuals and communities across the country. One of their campaigns is to give youth the tools to push their school boards to pledge 100% clean energy for school districts.
The Story Of Stuff
The Story of Stuff has many videos on current environmental issues and ways students can take action and join in numerous campaigns, ranging from stopping plastic pollution, to ending junk mail delivery.
Climate Ribbon Project
“A participatory art ritual of love and hope for the Climate Justice Movement.”
The Climate Ribbon Project invites people around the country, and the world, to share what they love and what they hope never to loose because of climate chaos. This website shares people’s stories and a tool kit for how to create your own climate ribbons.
Ocean Awareness Student Contest
Ocean Awareness Student Contest – Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to submit visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music that explores the oceans and climate change theme Presence of the Future. Students are eligible to earn scholarships of up to $1,500. Application deadline June 17, 2019.
Join the 2019 Planet Stewards Project and become eligible to apply for up to $2,500 to carry out an environmental stewardship project at your school. Planet Stewards provide K-16 formal and informal educators the knowledge and resources to build scientifically-literate individuals and communities.