FRANKLIN COUNTY — Area students interest in learning about climate change can join the virtual Youth Environmental Summit at the end of October.
In an online community learning space, created using FlipGrid, summit participants will explore a wide range of topics through workshops, listen to keynote speeches on how to take action on important issues and share ideas and connect with teens in Vermont and other states.
The event, which is sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, will run for three weeks from Oct. 30 to Nov. 20, allowing participants to attend on their own schedules.
Participants will be able to view more than two dozen workshop presentations, led by environmental professionals, activists and student leaders. Topics include the future of wastewater and drinking water in a changing world, understanding stormwater and green infrastructure practices, invasive plant species, phenology and the connection between racial and climate justice.
Other summit options include how to take action on energy and climate projects, host a zero-waste event, make a bug house and become a teen teacher for Teens Reaching Youth for the Environment, among other topics. There’s even a session that explores how animal waste is used as an energy source and a conservation tool.
In addition, there will be a scavenger hunt for raffle prizes, such as gift cards to stores and restaurants to help support the local economy.
After the summit, participants can expand on what they learned through a self-designed service-learning project for the community.
The event is free, but registration is required at www.uvm.edu/extension/youth/announcements by Oct. 23. For disability-related accommodation, contact Lauren Traister, University of Vermont (UVM) 4-H Teen and Leadership Program coordinator, at (866) 260-5603, ext. 402, by Oct. 15.