Kids Climate Summit
Saturday, May 2, 2020
An opportunity for students to explore issues pertaining to climate change; formulate ideas, suggestions, approaches and perhaps even solutions, and then present these to those concerned about climate issues!
The aim of the Kids Climate Summit is to involve youth in dialogue on pathways to nurture, protect and preserve our planet. Student participants have the opportunity to make a 20 minute presentation on a topic of their choice related to our global climate.
Presentation proposals are due December 10, 2019. Pre-register now! Pre-registration allows us to plan the event and to keep you informed. It will also allow coaches to collaborate.
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who has highlighted the need for action on climate change, has demonstrated that students are excellent advocates for change. And Jim Delisle has emphasized that “kids yearn for a connection between school work and real life.” This is a great opportunity to make that connection and to be that advocate by drawing kids into the debate on climate issues. Further, for many kids climate change is the existential issue of our time. Allowing them to engage with it is important. We hope that you and your kids will take on climate issues and join us at the Kids Climate Summit!
The Kids Climate Summit will be held at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, IL on Saturday, May 2, 2020. It will be an all-day conference with both plenary and break-out sessions. This is not a competition, this is a chance for kids to share their ideas and solutions with people who are influential in environmental policy.
Teams may comprise one to eight students, though we recommend three to five as an optimal team size, along with one or two adult coaches. We anticipate most team members will be in 4th through 7th grades, mixed age groups are fine. Coaches can be teachers, community members or parents.
We are currently seeking sponsorships so that participation in the Kids Climate Summit can be at no cost. (Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact us at KidsSummit@chicagogiftedcommunity.org.)