Young Voices for the Planet Seminar with Lynne Cherry

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm
Friend Center Bowl 004

The teaching of science is critical for the U.S. and for the world.  Issues of climate change, food supply and infectious diseases affect us all.  In this seminar we'll focus on the importance of engaging students in thinking critically about climate change.

Author and Illustrator, Lynne Cherry will lead this seminar.  She is the originator, producer and director of the Young Voices for the Planet films, and is well-known for her popular children’s books especially her rain forest classic, The Great Kapok Tree and her environmental history A River Ran Wild.

In this Civic Engagement and Democracy Educator Workshop, Lynne will discuss:

  • The psychology of climate change education and how people are motivated to avoid seemingly intractable and troubling problems
  • Solutions: ACTION as the ANTIDOTE to FEAR and despondency
  • How to help youth create an “A.C.T.I.O.N. plan” to address an issue of their choosing

The mission of Young Voices for the Planet (YVFP) is to involve children and youth in solutions and governance in order to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts. This YVFP Civic Engagement and Democracy Seminar will focus on empowering young people to take an essential role in catalyzing change inspired by the uplifting success stories in the Young Voices for the Planet films and Civic Engagement curriculum. The YVFP films champion the successes of youth who are speaking out, changing minds, changing laws, leading the way to a sustainable society, inspiring others to become engaged and, essentially changing the world.

    Join the conversation as we consider how to unleash the creative power of youth to protect their future.

    **This event is free and open to the public.

    ***Visitors may park in Lot 21 (near Jadwin Gym), TigerTransit operates frequently from this location - the East Commuter Line goes from Lot 21 to the Friend Center.  TigerTransit Routes and Parking Map.  Alternatively, you are welcome to park on the street.  Meter parking is available on William Street, Nassau Street, Prospect Street, Olden Street and Charlton Street.