Earth Optimism Youth Action
The Smithsonian has been partnering with Affiliates to address climate change, working with youth to develop project-based action plans tailored to their communities. Young people lend a critical voice in confronting climate change, and the Smithsonian seeks to empower and support them as changemakers. These fresh, innovative, and yet realistic solutions to the environmental issues we all face is truly an inspiration. In the spirit of Earth Optimism, we hope these ideas will motivate your environmental work with students, or help you get started. Let us know if it does!
Teen Changemakers for the Environment YouTube playlist has award-winning video solutions submitted by youth addressing their environmental concerns.
In Their Own Words: Youth Leaders at Affiliates YouTube playlist features students talking about what motivates them to environmental action.
This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection offers a model and case studies for educators to cultivate student environmental projects.
This Padlet of Earth Optimism youth projects shows current student work around the country.
Young Leaders Making News
At first we were overwhelmed.. what should we do and what could impact the community the most? Yes our project impacts our community.. but all of us have become very passionate about our message [to combat invasive species and attract pollinators], and I think that is one of the most important things.
Working on this project has really helped me explore my creative side when trying to look at solutions
to these issues… this project helped me practice public speaking and has made me more comfortable and confident… this project has really made me consider working in environmental science or ecology.
Word cloud created by students on issues they care most about. What do your students want to work on?