Western Mass Youth Climate Summit

The Youth Climate Summit is a participant-driven educational conference for youth, designed to create an opportunity for learning, dialogue and action on climate change. This premiere 2-day climate event for Western MA youth has served 100 youth from 6 local high schools at a time when youth leadership and empowerment is harnessing the world stage for change.

Student participants attend Summit workshops, tours, and interactive sessions designed to provide a balance of factual information, tools for confidence building, and project stories for inspiration and hope. As a culminating project, student teams develop an action plan for their high school, to be implemented in the coming year with support form Summit leaders.

Now heading into its third year in 2019, the Summit continues to innovate and inspire youth with the co-leadership of the Hitchcock Center’s Education Director Colleen Kelley and Brittany Gutermuth, Climate Education Coordinator with Mass Audubon’s Connecticut River Valley Sanctuaries. The event is also supported by collegiate Summiteers from Hampshire and Smith Colleges who help plan and guide students in event activities.

Visit the Western Mass Youth Climate Summit website to learn more…

Event Video

Youth Climate Summit 2018 Video
Videographers: Jarret Smith & Michael Diaz from Northampton High School
Producer & editor: Eli Kramer

Climate Summit in the News

Young People Work to Stop Climate Change at Summit (2018)
Summit Gives Youth Look into Local Group’s Fight Against Climate Change (2017)

Climate Summit photography by Phil Doyle and Jessica Schultz

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