Youth Demand Action on Climate Change
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 6:00pm • 118 Elliot Street
During their lifetimes, young people aged 12-21 have experienced five of the hottest years ever recorded, resulting in rising acts of climate activism across the country. Inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old (now 16) who sat every Friday on the steps of the Swedish parliament to protest the government’s inaction on climate change, youth movements have been mushrooming around the world, including in our own Brattleboro area. The Windham World Affairs Council (WWAC), in conjunction with 118 Elliot and Marlboro College, has invited local youth to participate in a program supporting activism on climate change, and the community is invited to come and support these youth activists. This event will be facilitated by Julie Snorek, a research associate in environmental studies at Dartmouth College and by Lissa Weinmann of WWAC. The program will begin with Julie’s report on the UN Climate Change Conference in Poland that she attended in December. Then community members will hear from the young people, be inspired by their activism and ideas, and work together with them in small groups on recommendations and plans to support them in their activities. Doors open at 5:30 for this free event, in honor of United Nations World Environment Day, and refreshments will be provided.