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Kids Climate Summit 2021: Focus on the Community

The Kids Climate Summit 2021 is an opportunity for students aged 8 - 14 to engage with and learn about our global climate, this year with a focus on what each of us can to do to be a good climate citizen in our own communities. 

dateline February 17, 2021...

Last call for student panelists... 

We have had a great response to our call for student panelists! If you know of a student who would like to be a panelist, please nominate them as soon as possible. All nominations and potential panelist responses received by end of day February 20, 2021 will be considered.

Nominate a Student

dateline February 10, 2021...

Kids Climate Summit Expert wins AAAS award... 

We congratulate Esther Ngumbi for  receiving the 2021 AAAS Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science! Learn more here.

dateline January 28, 2021...

Meet some of our experts... 

We will have a small group of experts at each of our town halls.  This year we are focusing on people who have taken action to improve their communities.  Meet some of our experts here

dateline January 20, 2021...

Calling all 4th - 8th grade Green Activists!

We are seeking a select group of highly motivated, articulate students in upper elementary or middle school, who have a passion for the climate, to be  panelists at the Kids Climate Summit.

We are taking nominations for panelists now. After being nominated, prospective panelists will be asked to answer three questions in a few sentences each: 

1. Please describe something you think is important about climate change that people you know don't understand?

2. If you were in charge of your community, what are three things you would do to help with climate change? Which is the most important and why?

3. If you are a panelist at the Kids Climate Summit town hall what will you contribute to the team?

Nominations and panelist answers are due on or before February 28, 2021, or until the panels are full. Don't wait, nominate someone you know today! 

Nominate a Student

dateline January 3, 2021... 

Kids Climate Summit 2021-- get the details:

Given the constraints imposed by the pandemic we are once again hosting our Summit online.  This year it will take the form of two town halls, one for elementary school students and one for middle school students. At each town hall, there will be a group of experts who will be questioned by a selected panel of students, in front of an audience (kids and adults eager to preserve our planet).  Both town halls will take place on April 13, 2021 - elementary students at 4 pm and middle school students at 6:30 pm.  Experts for each panel will be announced in late February and audience registration will open in mid-March. 

dateline October 1, 2020...

Kids Climate Summit Art Competition:

We also invited kids under 14 to submit artwork to our Kids Summit Art Competition.

And the winner is... Brynne O'Hare, who submitted the following:


Click to read what inspired Brynne

dateline September 5, 2020...

Kids Climate Summit Writing Challenge:

This fall we invited kids of all ages to write to candidates running for election about climate issues. We were delighted by their letters!

Read what some of our kids wrote   


Kids Climate Summit Important Dates: 

February 28, 2021:
Student panelist nominee answers due.

March 4, 2021:
Student panelist course begins meeting weekly on Thursday afternoons.

March 7, 2021:
Kids Climate Summit audience registration for IMSA and CGCC families.

March 15, 2021:
Kids Climate Summit audience registration opens. 

April 13, 2021:
4:00 p.m. Elementary Kids Climate Summit 
6:30 p.m. Middle School Kids Climate Summit


Kids Climate Summit Resources:

Interested in participating in Climate-related Activities? 

See Climate Activities Calendar

Want interesting climate-related resources?

See Climate Resources Page

What to meet the Kids Climate Summit 2021: Focus on the Community experts? 

See Roster of Experts

 Would you like to read the Kids Climate Summit blog? (Members can even post to the blog!)

Go to The Climate Zone


Interested in participating in any of the above? Want to provide support? Willing to help organize? What to make a donation? Contact the organizers. 

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