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Empowering Young Voices for the Planet

Empowering Young Voices for the Planet

June 2014 | 160 pages | Corwin

Because action is the best antidote to climate change!

If you haven’t yet viewed the Young Voices for the Planet films, you need to. Immediately. And so do your students! These remarkable films showcase nine youth advocates who, starting with nothing but enthusiasm, are shrinking the carbon footprint in their homes, schools, and communities. And now, with the help of this corresponding teacher’s guide, you can help your students take action against global warming, too.

Above all else, Empowering Young Voices for the Planet is about teaching students the science and reality of climate change, while empowering them to respond effectively—and without fear.  Inside this guide you’ll find

  • Inspiring true stories of low- or no-cost youth-led projects that address a wide range of environmental issues  and engage schools, local government, businesses, the public, and parents
  • Practical tips for inspiring students to develop projects relevant to their own communities, including planning, financing, safety, and liability
  • Many creative and replicable ways to reduce CO2 emissions, as well as connections to the Next Generation Science Standards

Discover for yourself what a powerful catalyst “think globally, act locally” can be when integrated into STEM, social studies, environmental studies, and civic engagement lessons. If not now, when?

“The entire film series is beyond fantastic. Through the YVFP films we witness youth taking a stand to fight to save their planet and their future.”
--Karla Utting 
Programs Director
Dream in Green

To view the Young Voices for the Planet films or purchase your own DVD, visit


About the Authors
Introduction: The Young Voices Approach to Teaching Climate Change
Part I. It's Happening Now All Over the World
1. Alec Loorz: Kids vs. Global Warming
2. Girl Scouts: Lighting the Community
3. Team Marine and a Time Machine
4. Anya: Citizen Science in Siberia
5. Felix: Plants for the Planet
6. Green Ambassadors
7. Dreaming in Green
8. Olivia's Birds
9. Longing for a Local Lunch
Part II. Make it Happen in a Community Near You!
Appendix I. Reproducible Student Sheets
Appendix II. Teacher Support Material: Answers to Student Questions and List of Selected Standards
Appendix III. Resources for Further Exploration
Important Terms Related to Climate Change

“The entire film series is beyond fantastic. Through the YVFP films we witness youth taking a stand to fight to save their planet and their future.”

Karla Utting, Programs Director
Dream in Green, Miami, FL

“For youth, the films provide an epiphany, allowing them to realize how much power they have to make positive change in the world. Please watch these films and to get motivated to take action on climate change.”

Chris Palmer, IMAX film producer/ Professor of Environmental Filmmaking
American University

“By finding and giving voice to the “bright spots” – the kids who are leading the charge, not passively waiting for adults to act, who are innovating in their homes, schools, and communities to create a more sustainable and yes, fun world, this project is helping thousands of others – kids and adults – find inspiration and motivation to take action.”

Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D, Director
Yale Project on Climate Change, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

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ISBN: 9781483317236