On Thursday February 28, at 7:00 pm The National Conservation Training Center will present a panel discussionon “Engaging Youth About Climate Change.” The panel discussion will take place at the Byrd Auditorium at the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Park Service (NPS) and the University of California, Berkeley have forged an exciting, growing partnership, called Earth to Sky (ETS). Through a variety of professional development efforts, the partnership enables and encourages informal educators to access and use relevant science, data, and educational products in their work. In recent years ETS has focused primarily upon Climate Change.
This evening panel, open to the public, is part of an ETS course on Communicating Climate Change. Participants in the course consider science content, communication techniques and appropriate means for reaching a variety of audiences. As our climate changes, today’s youth will be directly impacted as they mature in a world that must confront both adaptation and mitigation. Their career choices, everyday lives, homes and families will all affect and be affected by the coming changes. Engaging youth about climate, to provide them with solid information and knowledge about the options open to them, is of particular importance. Panelists will share their insights into effective strategies for engaging youth in the national dialogue about climate change. After their initial presentations, and guided dialog, the panel will take questions from the public.
The panel will consist of: David Blockstein, Senior Scientist with the National Council for Science and the Environment; Lois Johnson Mead, Director of Green School Alliance’s Student Climate & Conservation Congress (SC3) and SC3 programs; Aida Orozco, Student at Amherst College; Kids vs Global Warming/iMatter Associate Director Valerie Serrels; and Grant and Garrett Serrels, members of the iMatter Youth Council.
The presentation is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. It is part of a monthly “Conservation Lecture Series” held at the National Conservation Training Center. For more information please contact Mark Madison at (304) 876-7276 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the lecture series web page at: nctc.fws.gov/history/publiclectures.html