The Bay Area Youth Climate Summit is an entirely youth-led organization that kicked off a day-long conference, on September 12, 2020. Members of this youth team are leaders of the LWHS Environmental Club. Over the summer, a team of 21 students from schools all over the Bay Area worked on outreach, workshops, social media, and technology. Over 280 high schoolers attended, from 88 schools, 14 states, and 7 timezones. The student organizers held workshops with 32 presenters from 16 organizations, such as the Cal Academy of Sciences, Fashion Revolution, Sunrise Movement, Zero Hour, SF Environment, and more. Throughout the day, high schoolers led discussions about climate justice and the ethics of sustainable technology, where attendees met other youth passionate about the environment.
At the end, the youth organizers held a Climate Action Planning session where students met up with a group of students from their own school to create an implementation plan. Over 75% of respondents said they would continue working on their Climate Action Plans throughout the year! The youth organizers have continued to support these plans since the summit; they include fundraising for solar panels, building a community garden, and installing air quality sensors in San Bruno. After the summit, they have hosted monthly workshops ranging from Indigenous climate activism to air quality in the Bay Area to an environmental science career expo, with the goal of continuing education about climate issues and keeping participants connected.
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