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Webinar Series: Climate and Youth

This hour long webinar will explore two existing programs focused on educating youth and educators of youth on climate change. It will be followed by a discussion to explore opportunities for collaborative learning and the potential for building upon each other’s efforts to amplify impact.

TITLE: Engaging Educators and Participants in Youth Climate Education
PRESENTER: Jack Wright (Cornell Cooperative Extension)

Learn how Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County uses an energy efficient tiny home, nicknamed the “PowerHouse,” to teach youth about energy use and climate change. We’ll explore the successes and challenges of our mobile, enrichment-style programming at schools and libraries.

TITLE: Networking with Educators Around Locally-Relevant Climate Information
PRESENTER: Rebecca Ward (NC State University)

This talk will describe the NC Climate Education Network, a virtual network designed to bring together education experts and subject matter experts around teaching climate change in North Carolina. The Network focuses on holding semi-regular virtual panel discussions and Q&A’s on locally-relevant topics to creatively explore novel approaches to teaching climate change.

Let’s chat on how to connect with youth in your community!


Jack Wright (he/him) is the PowerHouse Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County in Ithaca, NY. Since graduating with his BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy, Jack spent four years working as a nature- and farm-based youth educator in MA and NY. In his current role, Jack uses the PowerHouse, an energy-efficient tiny home, to lead youth education programs on energy and climate change in schools, libraries, and camps.

Rebecca Ward (she/her) is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at NC State University with backgrounds in climate extension and science education. Her work centers around supporting local communities in North Carolina with building climate resilience through networking, education, and capacity-building.


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