To catalyze the needed policy changes on clean energy and climate action,
Blue Planet Foundation aims to empower youth across Hawaii to more fully
engage in advocacy activities through its Climate Crew program.
Using a cohort model, Blue Planet's Climate Crew is comprised of motivated high school students who are learning the latest climate science and data-driven advocacy tools.
Climate Crew members participate in a two-day, invitation-only training program, where they receive exclusive training on civic engagement activities and advocacy efforts, such as presenting to their neighborhood board or organizing social media campaigns. They help expand advocacy engagement on climate to their communities. And they are linked to the City and County of Honolulu to help work on its climate goals.
At the conclusion of the program, they receive an official Blue Planet Climate Crew certificate. Plus, they gain confidence and experience that they will carry into the future as an organizer and leader!
We are currently accepting applications for Climate Crew Cohort III on Oahu! We will select up to 15 Oahu-based high school students for this 4-month program, starting with a mandatory, two-day training workshop in July 2020 (exact dates and location TBD).
If you’re a high school student on Oahu and are interested in joining the Blue Planet Climate Crew, please fill out the application below. We are also requiring a letter of recommendation from a teacher, advisor or mentor – please email the letter to our education director at [email protected] by June 14, 2020. We will review all submissions and contact you shortly.
*If you’re not able to make the July workshop dates but are still interested in being considered for a future cohort, please send an email to our education director at [email protected]
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.
Climate Crew Cohort II will take place on the Island of Kauai.