As we approach this new decade, we make the active decision to listen to the dire needs of those who cannot speak for themselves, acting before it is too late. Climate change is an immediate threat to humanity and the species a part of our interdependent web of life. This is why we must work globally and act locally, starting in Long Island, where water envelopes our beautiful shared space.
Residents Forward is calling on the insightful youth of Long Island to become leaders in this critical movement through our 2020 Youth Climate Summit. This movement may be the start of your climate advocacy or another stepping stone in your fight for change.
The summit will begin with keynote speaker Robert Klee, a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and former Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Klee’s address “Searching for a new Deal on Climate? Look to the states” will cover our timeline for reversing the effects of climate change and the concept of scaling up tools that have been regionally successful. After this address, students will choose a professionally led workshop on reducing greenhouse gases ranging from alternative energy to rethinking school lunch to rewilding. This will be followed by an Organic Crush sustainable food break. Next students will choose a workshop to help get their message out ranging from writing an op-ed to hip hop to video vignettes.
While the summit is free to students, each seat has a $200 value which has been generously paid for by our sponsors. In return, students are asked to give ten hours of time (flexible to your schedule) towards a group Climate Action Project over a year’s time.
Why should you join us in our climate summit?
Through the Youth Climate Summit you can make a difference by continuing the fight to protect and preserve our Earth. The Summit will also build collegiate skills and look great on college resumes.
The Residents Forward Youth Climate Summit 2020 is open to 100 students on Long Island. Fifty seats have been reserved for Port Washington students which is why you should sign up fast to reserve your seat at this daylong event. The Summit will be held on Sunday, April 26 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. at the Port Washington Public Library.