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Katherine commented on Building the next generation of climate leaders

Agreed - thanks, Aaryaman!

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Katherine commented on Building the next generation of climate leaders

Hi Aaryaman - thanks for sharing your experience! I love hearing that you never found being environmentally responsible inconvenient, since you were introduced to and educated on the issues from a young age. That is directly in line with why ACE targets this specific age group!

To your questions: we do reach some middle schools and have partnered with organizations such as Cool The Earth, who target even younger students in elementary school, but our core demographic for outreach and program delivery are high schoolers - ages 14 to 18.

Our assembly is designed to help young people connect the dots between the issues they care about and climate change, in a local to global way. For example, one of our students in Northern California saw the assembly and began to understand the intersections between climate and health. As a previous fast food enthusiast, he connected how the fast food industry as a whole can have negative impacts on both the climate and health through emissions from long-distance transportation. ACE gave him the opportunity to explore these issues in local ACE leadership workshops, he took the issue on for his year-long senior project, and even gave a presentation on food, climate and health to a group of over 200 of his peers after an ACE Assembly in San Francisco in January. Now Brandon is pursuing environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz and is working with CA Rep. Mike Honda to advocate for accessible climate education for all students. ACE presents climate science in a way that draws young people in and shows them the role climate change plays in their life.

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Katherine commented on Building the next generation of climate leaders

Hi Selina - thanks so much for the warm welcome! We're really excited to be a part of the challenge and look forward to hearing ideas from other individuals and organizations throughout the process as well!