Earth Optimism Teen Event: Changing the Climate Conversation
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1-5 pm
Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Free Event for Teens Ages 13-19
- We strongly recommend pre-registration for this popular event, but will accept drop-in attendees if space is available.
- Participants ages 13-17 must have the following signed permission slip to participate. Paper copies will also be available at the event check-in table.
Come Celebrate Earth Optimism 2020
Join us for an afternoon of hands-on exploration, conversation, and action.
- Hang Out: Meet other local teens and enjoy FREE sustainable and local food!
- Be Empowered: Explore ways to make informed decisions that have an impact.
- Be Informed: Talk with scientists, community leaders, and your peers about climate science and solutions.
- Get Involved: Find out about Earth Day events, local projects to join, and ways to start your own efforts.
What Is Happening? Who Will You Meet?
Hear teens voice their climate concerns and stories of hope for the future.
Enjoy local sustainable food while meeting other local teens. Help make this a Zero Waste food event.
Join a group of teens and experts for an in-depth exploration focused on climate change problem solving.
Predicting Earth’s Future
Scientists are predicting major changes on our planet in the next 50-100 years, but where do these predictions actually come from and how do we understand them? Join us for a deep dive into climate modeling with experts in the field and discover how you can use these future projections to inspire action!
The Cost of Fast Fashion
Buying cheaply made clothes might be trendy and convenient, but could have a hidden cost. Investigate the world of fast fashion and learn techniques to reduce your environmental impact — thrifting tips, simple ways to mend your clothes, and more. Put your sustainable skills to the test!
Decoding Climate Policy
Climate policy is all over the news these days, and while there are tons of proposals out there, understanding the jargon can be a real mystery. What is carbon sequestration and what even is the Green New Deal anyway? Spend time with experts to crack the code and figure out what it all means!
Scientists are predicting increased heat and heavy downpours due to climate change, but what does that actually look like in your neighborhood? Using a hands-on model of a miniature city block, explore how adding or subtracting vegetation, building materials, and green infrastructure affects the city and discuss how these elements might be used in your community.
Talk with experts from a variety of scientific fields and community organizations who bring different perspectives to the climate conversation and learn about opportunities to get involved.