Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Teen Earth Optimism – Exploring Climate Change and Land Use

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Kimberly Komatsu, Melinda Peters, Kelsey Desmond, and D.C. teenager Amen aired August 18, 2020, as part of the Teen Tuesday: Earth Optimism series. Watch a recording in the player above.


In this video, we explore land use and how our landscapes are transformed and changed by humans in different ways. We discuss the connections between climate change, urban forestry, and environmental justice with urban foresters from Casey Trees, a Smithsonian ecologist, and a local D.C. teenager. Our guests will help you apply what they’ve learned in their work to make positive change in your own community, no matter where you live! 

Who you'll meet: Casey Trees staff Melinda Peters and Kelsey Desmond; Kimberly Komatsu, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; and D.C. teen Amen.  

Moderator: Museum Educator Meaghan Cuddy

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Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
6-8, 9-12
Life Science