To catalyze the needed policy changes on clean energy and climate action,
Blue Planet Foundation aims to empower youth on Oahu to more fully
engage in advocacy activities through its Climate Crew program.
Applications are now open for Kauai high school students to join the Climate Crew Cohort II.
Blue Planet Foundation launched the first cohort of the Climate Crew. This select group of 11 Oahu high schoolers is comprised of 7 girls and 4 boys, representing 4 public and 4 private schools. They were selected by Blue Planet after submitting an application and letter of recommendation.
The Climate Crew kicked off with a Climate Camp over the weekend of November 23 and 24, 2019, a two-day, interactive workshop led by Blue Planet’s Education Director Griff Jurgens.
The students were introduced to the science of climate change by Dr. Chip Fletcher of the University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Energy Science and Technology.
They also learned about presentation styles and tips from Blue Planet’s team.
Day 2 of Climate Camp welcomed the City & County of Honolulu’s Chief Resiliency Officer Josh Stanbro.
The students also learned about how to engage with Hawaii’s lawmakers and ways to share their messages. Then, they developed their “Acts of Leadership” campaign ideas which they presented to their fellow cohort members.
The cohort will then work on their “Acts of Leadership” campaigns with a goal to present to their neighborhood boards by May 2020.
View photos from the Climate Camp below.
Using a cohort model, Blue Planet's Climate Crew is comprised of motivated high school students who will learn the latest climate science and data-driven advocacy tools.
Climate Crew members will participate in a two-day, invitation-only training program, where they will receive exclusive training on civic engagement activities and advocacy efforts, such as presenting to their neighborhood board or organizing social media campaigns. They will help expand advocacy engagement on climate to their communities. And they will be linked to the City and County of Honolulu to help work on its climate goals.
At the conclusion of the program, they will receive an official Blue Planet Climate Crew certificate. Plus, they'll gain confidence and experience that they will carry into the future as an organizer and leader!
We are no longer accepting applications for our first Oahu cohort. If you are interested in being considered for a future cohort, please fill out this form and we will contact you when our next cohort opens.