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An opportunity for pre-high school students to explore issues pertaining to climate change; formulate ideas, suggestions, approaches and solutions, and then present these to those concerned about climate issues!  

Presentation proposals will be accepted until February 15, 2020!  Registration to open in September.  

The aim of the  Kids Climate Summit is to share information on our global climate and involve youth in dialogue on pathways to nurture, protect and preserve our planet.  Student participants have the opportunity to make a presentation on a topic of their choice related to our global climate.

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 students into the debate on climate issues.  We hope that you and your students will join this conference!

The Kids Climate Summit will be held at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora in the Spring of 2020. It will be an all day conference on a Saturday, with both plenary and break out sessions. This is not a competition, this is a chance for kids to share their ideas and solutions and so literally everyone wins! They will have an opportunity to present to people who are influential in environmental policy so the winners could extend beyond the summit.

Teams may comprise one to 15 students, though we recommend four to six as an optimal team size, along with one or two adult facilitators.  The summit is intended for students not yet in high school. We anticipate most team members will be in 4th through 8th grades. Teams can be teacher-led school-based groups, or community-led clubs. 

Topic suggestions, offered to get ideas flowing are presented in the table below: 

How to preserve
our rainforests

Greenhouse skeptics

its impact,
and proposed solutions

Impact of climate on oceans, rising sea levels, and coral reefs

Extreme Storms

Overrun by insects and bugs

Advancing and retreating glaciers;
glacial melt

Renewable energy

Carbon sources



Carbon footprints

Climate Treaty


of the environment

Greenhouse gases

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