Brainstorm a topic.
Remember, you can choose any topic that relates to our global climate. Follow your
Need to jumpstart your thinking? Find ideas below:
Effect and fossil fuels
related to warming consequences:
pests, droughts, and plant diseases
(Rainforests and elsewhere)
ice (glaciers and Polar Regions)
related to solutions:
ways to cut carbon footprint
new farming strategies
on renewable energy systems
carbon sequestration processes
ways to cool the oceans
your topic to a presentation format.
Suggested Presentation Formats:
Map global impact
changes to the environment over time
Develop tools to monitor
the warming climate
interviews (of climate champions)
a panel of student scientists/experts
a musical score related to climate
Write a narrative, skit or I-movie
murals interpreting climate change
maps or blueprints
a game that explores climate change
a mock debate
an experiment and present findings
a community action plan
some help connecting your topic to a presentation format? Below is an exemplar of how to integrate
topic and presentation options:
Chosen topic, i.e., Greenhouse
Skeptics: Tell why this topic is
meaningful to you, i.e., some adults in my community are resisting action on
climate change because they don’t fully understand the issue.
presentation format: Our team will create
an advertising pitch to transform the thinking of the Greenhouse Skeptics. Our pitch will include diverse viewpoints on
global warming. We will examine reasons
advanced by Greenhouse Skeptics to support their denial of climate change. We will seek to counter those arguments by
presenting global and national data on warming, including our generation’s
perception of climate change.
Submit your proposal
Proposals will be accepted starting December 1, 2019 and are absolutely due by January 17, 2020 at 11 p.m. We will ask you to attach a one page or less response to the questions below. Be sure to answer all questions.
We want to know why you chose your topic. What aspects were meaningful to you? How is your topic relevant to the current climate crisis? Explain your reasons for selecting a particular presentation format. Also, give us a brief description of the resources you or your team plans to use. Think about research requirements, supplies for experiments, potential interviews of experts and professionals as well as any presentation tools you will need. May 2, 2020 will come sooner than you think. Provide a timeline for meeting presentation goals. Know that we will support you throughout this process.
We will evaluate your proposal on the following criteria:
Criteria Demonstrated in Proposal Great work Good work Needs work Comments
Selected a personally meaningful and relevant issue
Incorporated facts, connections, and perspectives related to topic
Demonstrated analytical or original ideas or both
Planned carefully: listed resources, including visual aids, explained topic and prepared a timeline
Continue working on your project and refine your presentation
Receive an invitation to present at the Kids Climate Summit. Invitations will be issued at the beginning of February.
Present at the Kids Climate Summit on May 2, 2020
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