An Important Film Series: Young Voices on Climate Change

The harsh realities of climate change will be more pronounced over the lifetimes of our young people than in those of older Americans.  But in our society, children seldom get much of a say on this or other matters affecting their futures.

A new series of films tries to change that and, in the process, shows how smart and creative young people can be in helping to tackle the immense challenge of global warming.

Author and illustrator Lynne Cherry is well-known for her children’s books, including her popular rainforest classic, The Great Kapok Tree.  But she has also assembled a powerful and effective series of short films featuring young people using science and practical information to reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools, communities.  The series is called Young Voices on Climate Change and includes success stories  in a way that allows young people to be heard in their own voice and through their own special perspectives.

The Young Voices on Climate Change films were inspired a highly praised book Lynne wrote with photojournalist Gary Braasch, How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming.

You can view the trailer that has statements from many of the young people whose accomplishments are featured in the Young Voices on Climate Change films. Or you can visit their website to see the series.

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Published: February 12, 2011