American Public Television has licensed the 11 Young Voices for the planet films as interstitials and two ½ hour TV programs – Cool Kids vs Warm Planet and Kids Lead the Way– compilations of the Young Voices for the Planet films. APT is distributing the YVFP films to 60 public television stations. You can call your local PBS station and ask whether they are broadcasting the YVFP films.
PBS Learning Media is a digital media service offered for free to support PreK-12 curriculum-based teaching and learning. There is now a YVFP /PBS LearningMedia website that provides free educational resources to the 1.8 million teachers who are devoted to PBS Learning Media which offers free digital resources to build math, science, social studies, arts and literacy skills. PBS Learning Media’s open source technologies enable customization to curriculum. The C3 and C4 Social Studies standards are particularly relevant to the Young Voices for the Planet films, helping teachers to teach about how CIVIC ENGAGEMENT is the underpinning of a DEMOCRACY, teaching students about how governance works and how they can play a part even if they are too young to vote.
National Wildlife Federation highlights the YVFP films on several of their pathways resource pages, i.e., energy, water, climate change, and biodiversity.
NextGeneration (Denmark) shows the Young Voices for the Planet films to inspire youth in the Copenhagen area to help their towns and cities become more sustainable.
See the link to YVFP film on NWF’s Ecoschools website under their “Climate Change” logo.
National Geographic’s five million subscribers (teachers, librarians, school administrators, youth and others) had access to the YVFP films and curriculum for three years. Its alliances reach 20,000 per year; their Facebook geo-literacy supporter’s number 40,000 and the newsletter reaches another 100,000 twice each month. The YVFP films were streamed through National Geographic Education Online.
The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with people around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and NGO’s to help tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women’s empowerment, poverty eradication and energy access. The UN Foundation has been featuring the Young Voices for the Planet films on its Climasphere website.
Exploring the Transition to a Sustainable Future on a Finite Planet
To prosper for very much longer on the changing Earth humankind will need to move beyond its current fossil-fueled civilization toward one that is sustained on recycled materials and renewable energy. This is not a trivial shift. It will require a major transition in all aspects of our lives. This weblog explores the transition to a sustainable future on our finite planet. It provides links to current news, key documents from government sources and non-governmental organizations, as well as video documentaries about climate change, environmental ethics and environmental justice concerns.
The Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program, managed by NSF’s Division of Graduate Education (DGE), provides funding to graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to acquire additional skills that will broadly prepare them for professional and scientific careers in the 21st century.
Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) was founded to create the political will for a stable climate and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. CCL is a grassroots, non-partisan organization. The organization trains and supports volunteers to develop relationships with members of Congress, the media and community leaders that will lead to enacting effective climate legislation. The focus of CCL’s lobbying efforts is a bill that will put a steadily-rising fee on carbon-based fuels and return the revenue to all households.
Earth Day Network. Every year since the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network has held a gala Earth Day Celebration on the National Mall with large screens showing movies of people working to save the environment. In 2017, the Young Voices for the Planet films were embedded in the Teacher Student EDN Tool Kit.
For more than four decades, NAAEE has promoted excellence in environmental education throughout North America and the world. We are dedicated to strengthening the field of environmental education and increasing the visibility and efficacy of the profession.
MY HERO gave Young Voices on Climate Change their ENGAGE award and included one of our films in their Media Arts Program with DVD – Celebrate ECO Heroism. “Olivia’s Birds and the Oil Spill” is included in the MY HERO anthology of films with Teachers Guide promoting the protection of the environment developed to help introduce multi-media tools, films and activities to students in schools or after-school programs in order to instill environmental stewardship.
CLEAN (Climate Literacy Energy Awareness Network) is vetted by scientists at eminent scientific institutions such as NOAA. CLEAN builds on Climate Literacy Network’s broad collection of educational resources and fosters a scientific-education community that helps facilitate students, teachers, and citizens becoming climate literate and informed about “the climate’s influence on you and society and your influence on climate.” CLEAN has given the ‘seal of approval’ to the films regarding their scientific content and accuracy and their value to help teach science in the classroom. Members of the 1000+ scientists and educators, often show the Young Voices for the Planet films at schools, science centers and conferences.
CELF prepares future citizens and leaders by promoting education for sustainability for K-12 teachers, administrators and students. Education for sustainability is a teaching methodology that develops critical thinking skills necessary to understand complex, interconnected issues. Students today face unprecedented challenges and an imperative to balance economic, social and environmental problems. To inspire them and prepared them to innovate new solutions, CELF’s Citizen Science Teacher Training Workshops incorporate YVFP’s films “Words Have Power” and “Longing for a Local Lunch”. These films introduce the issues environmental justice and environmental health (air quality) how to incorporate fresh local food into school cafeteria and wellness programs. The films, in combination with the YVFP ACTION plan, present students with opportunities to innovate solutions, develop critical and systems thinking skills, and inspire “action as an antidote to fear.”
AREI’s is to advance the rapid implementation of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the speed and scale necessary to provide solutions of both the environmental and economic crises currently facing humankind and the planet. AREI brings together thought leaders to solve world problems and includes the YVFP films in their film screenings.
ClimateMama is about the facts, about getting the straight scoop, about understanding Climate Change and Global Warming. They want to help people make connections: “to understand how you, your family, your friends and your community are impacting and changing our climate. Then, we want to show you what you can do to make your hectic, harried life more sustainable, for you, for your children AND for the world we live in”.
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people. Each year, the Barron Prize honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive difference to people and the environment. Alec Loorz won the Barron Prize in 2010, and Olivia Bouler won the Barron Prize in 2011.
The Cloud Institute prepares school systems and their communities to educate for a sustainable future by inspiring educators and engaging students through meaningful content and learner-centered instruction.
The Communication Initiative is a partnership and networking space where people using media and communication strategies for action on poverty and other major issues share, learn and converse.
Screening YVFP Films in Climate Observatories in Mexico. The Climate Institute has completed construction of about a dozen “Climate Observatories”, called “Casas de la Tierra” or Earth Houses, throughout Mexico. Exquisitely designed small science centers, they blend with the landscape and reach, on average, 10,000 participants each month. The Climate Institute hopes to replicate this model globally in the southern US where there are large Latino populations and in countries throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
ASE shows the YVFP films in their teacher workshops about conducting school energy audits. The films have a great impact as information about saving energy and money cascades through the levels of school, home, business and community, as heating and cooling buildings consumes 1/3 of all US energy.
Camel is a program of the National Center for Science and the Environment. They share our films at their educator workshops, conferences and on their website.
ClimateChangeLIVE was sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service in conjunction with 26 others partners. including the Dept. of Energy, NOAA, Fish & Wildlife Service, ACE, Will Steger Foundation and National Wildlife Federation. Their webinar series and televised webcasts featured the YYCC films and emphasized the importance of staying away from gloom and doom and teaching through hope. It featured videos, teacher testimonials, kids action projects and their thoughts on climate change. Their focus was on kids inspiring other kids and giving teachers the skills they need to teach about climate change and encourage action. This program was fast-paced and engaging. USFS estimates that they reach 400,000 people a year with their programs.
Dream in Green, the namesake of our film “Dreaming in Green”, brings energy audits to schools. Dream in Green uses our films in their programs, links to them on their website and facilitates their screening in Florida films festivals.
Earth Focus is an environmental news magazine that features investigate reports on how changes to the Earth’s resources and climate are affecting everyday people all over the world.
ESRI has helped YVFP to create a YOUTH ACTION MAP with the help of GIS Corps. We welcome hearing from you about your youth action stories which we will put on the map. See GIS Below for more information.
The Teacher Guide for the Movie Chasing Ice: Chapter 6.2 Speaking Up for Our Earth. There are plenty of ways, big and small, for people of all ages to change the world around them to help make it a better place. Even though it seems that adults are making many of the decisions about the fate of our planet, many kids have already taken on the challenge of climate change with great success. This chapter, features kids who have taken big initiatives to raise awareness on climate change and make a difference in their own personal actions as well. We hear their stories, and also learn about opportunities we can take in our own lives every day to change the story of climate change for the better.
Girl Scouts of Northern California helped to fund our film Girl Scouts and they show it to their troops to inspire them.
GIS Corps & ESRI have created the YVFP Youth Action Map of International Youth Action Projects. The Young Voices for the Planet youth action map uses software donated by ESRI, and has been designed by Pam Bond, a volunteer from GISCorps. The map connects the global community of youth fighting climate change and enables them to locate others nearby to collaborate with. It includes the Young Voices for the Planet youth.
The goal of the Global Co Lab Network is to help people get out of their silos and work across networks more effectively. The “Co Lab” helps foster solutions-based collaboration with a focus on ensuring input from teens and millennials. Over the past year and a half, Global Co Lab has hosted six salons engaging teens through Teens Dream, a digital platform empowering teens globally to articulate and pursue their dreams.
The Green Ambassador Institute is an organic grass-roots program that was developed by students, for students, and for the benefit of the world that the students will inherit. Their strategy through all of their programs is to provide experiences for the Green Ambassadors to acquire knowledge and develop the skills that will not only help them in this program, but also provide them with real-world skills for personal, academic, and professional success. The students take the issue, research and develop solutions, and socially market the solution to their peers and the community at-large.
iMatter was founded when a Alec Loorz, a teenaged activist, called upon thousands of his peers to organize and march for their future. iMatterNow is a vision for the path forward, backed by powerful tools and resources. It calls upon young activists to secure commitments from our local governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to levels that ensure a healthy planet for ours and all future generations. If we band together, school by school, city by city, we can end the climate crisis within our lifetimes.
The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to help hundreds of congregations of all faiths to save energy, go green, and respond to climate change. They are showing the Young Voices for the Planet films at their house parties and have included them in their Film Library—a great collection for congregations and religious communities to borrow.
Jane Goodall Institute JGI’s Roots & Shoots gives youth a way to organize meaningful projects and empowers them. Like YVFP, they recognize that young people have the capacity to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of fellow human beings, animals and the planet we share. They have reached more than 150,000 young people from preschool to university in more than 120 countries.
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) fights the climate crisis one town at a time, with the help of local MCAN chapters – and you! They showed “Save Tomorrow” at their annual conference where the Save Tomorrow kids conducted a workshop on how to convince town leaders to commit to clean renewable energy. MCAN sponsored many screenings of the YVFP films throughout Massachusetts often partnering with other groups such as the Audubon Reserves.
With a goal of providing the most accurate and up-to-date information available, MNN cover the broadest scope of environmental news and social responsibility issues on the Internet, and in a way that is engaging and easy-to-understand. As opposed to scientists, activists or experts, MNN is designed for the rest of us — everyday people who simply want to make our world better.
NASA’s STEM education programs, which reach hundreds of thousands of K-12 students, often show the Young Voices for the Planet films. Their education outreach department reaches hundreds of schools and conferences.
The mission of Native Forest Council is to fully protect and preserve every acre of publicly owned land in the United States. NFC created a special webpage just for our films.
Our Children’s Trust incorporated a great deal of the YVFP footage from our film Kids vs Global Warming into their film about Alec Loorz’s lawsuit against the Federal Government for failing to regulate carbon emissions. Alec’s is one of their documentaries of young people suing governments for failure to protect their future. Our Children’s Trust included the YVFP films in a traveling Film Festival On Tour — “A Climate of Change” — that they and the Wild & Scenic film festival organized together. The YVFP films are also included in their Climate Action handbook.
Our Task’s goal is to inspire the young people to be an important voice on global problems and be the powerful force to lead the change towards a sustainable planet for future generations. The Earth 2100 Conference took place in June, 2016 in Washington D.C.. This is a knowledge exchange space where a thoughtful, civil, intergenerational dialogue takes place every year on global issues that young people will confront over the course of their lives. Our Task launched their Global 2100 Project and celebrated their 10-year anniversary.
Plant for the Planet is a global movement that has planted millions of trees worldwide. At the Plant for the Planet academies (one-day workshops), children learn the tools and knowledge they need to excel as ambassadors for climate justice and to empower other children, as well as adults, to raise awareness of the need for sustainability. Plant-for-the-Planet has appointed more than 27,000 Climate Justice Ambassadors. It is an initiative of world citizens who are committed to climate justice through achieving an overall reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and a unified distribution of these emissions among all of humankind.
The power of one woman is changing the world. Women on the earth, working for the earth, featuring real women with real stories and real change. This link takes you to their feature on YVFP Founder, Lynne Cherry.
Sierra Club is the organizer of the film festival at the Green Festivals being held in many cities around the US. and has been showing subtitled versions of the YVFP films for screenings in noisy exhibition halls. The Sierra Club has 1.4 million members.
“Team Marine” students appeared in a Young Voices for the Planet film in 2009 about their success in passing a ban on plastic bags in Santa Monica, Ca. Year after year, other Team Marine students, inspired by this film, have worked toward a California STATE plastic bag ban. Their efforts include scientific research; testifying, marching through the streets, creating PSA videos about storm drains, doing eco-artwork, lobbying at the capitol, calling & writing, TV, newspapers, magazines, blogs & podcasts. They collaborate with NGO’s and academic institutions, educated countless audiences with lesson plans, speeches, and booth presentations, and Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. their website approached 1 million page views. Team Marine students were instrumental in the.California statewide plastic bag ban signed into law.
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