By US and MS Climate Action Planners
Upper School and Middle School students attended two separate climate-focused youth summit events in March. Both events focused on thinking about and equipping students for climate action at GFA. We are excited for cross-divisional work to continue as we facilitate school-wide programming and action to make GFA a more sustainable school. Stay tuned for more information from our students on that front. For now, each group of students wanted to share their experience here.
Seven upper school students attended the 3rd Annual Youth Climate Summit at Columbia University. They participated in a series of workshops on various aspects of climate change. We engaged in conversations about sustainability and climate action at our school and beyond.
Many of the students in the US video (above) mention a workshop that introduced them to InsideClimate News, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering climate change, energy and the environment.
The Middle School Green Team attended an Environmental Action Day at UCONN. They participated in a series of workshops related to climate change, including Coping with Eco-Anxiety, Beginner's Guide to Environmental Activism, The Carbon Footprint Game, and Capture the Carbon. We engaged in conversations about environmental action and stewardship.
Here is a short video about their experience at the summit. The audio was recorded on the bus ride home from the event.
Big thanks to everyone at the University of Connecticut and Columbia University who made it possible for us to experience these great events!