CLEAN Teleconference Call June 19, 2018

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Lynne Cherry: Teaching Science and Civic Engagement with Hope and Youth Solutions: How Young People Can Catalyze Action on Climate Change

Bio: Lynne Cherry, author/illustrator of 30 award-winning children's books, including the best-sellers The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild, is the producer and director of the Young Voices for the Planet films championing youth solutions to the climate crisis. Youth are the best messengers for they will bear the brunt of climate change. Lynne's films are licensed by American Public Television for broadcast on 60 Public Broadcasting stations nationwide, and licensed by over 40 partners including National Geographic, PBS LearningMedia, National Wildlife Federation and the United Nations Foundation. These short documentaries inspire both youth and adults to take action on reducing CO2 emissions. Lynne received a BA from Tyler School of Art, a teaching degree from Temple University and an MA in history from Yale University. She has had residencies at many academic institutions including Princeton, Cornell, Smithsonian, the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole and NASA Goddard. Her awards include the Metcalf Fellowship and the Brandwein Prize. Lynne's academic writings include a chapter in "Written in Water" published by National Geographic Books, a chapter "Kids Can Save Forests" in "Treetops At Risk" (Springer) and a chapter Teaching Climate Change With Hope and Solutions: Lessons from a Film Project in the recent book Education in Times of Environmental Crisis. (Routledge).

Abstract: Lynne Cherry is a popular children's book author and illustrator best known for best-selling children's books The Great Kapok Tree (a rainforest classic) and A River Ran Wild. She is also the producer of the Young Voices for the Planet film series now airing on PBS and featured on the websites of the CLEAN network, National Geographic, NSF, NWF and many more. The true stories in the YVFP films have been in the vanguard, modeling youth civic engagement and documenting youth taking the lead, creating solutions, changing laws, changing minds and changing society as they reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities. Their stories reach hearts, inspire action and act as an antidote to fear. Young people identify with youth in the YVFP films from culturally, racially and economically diverse backgrounds who are their age and who look like them. The YVFP Civic Engagement and Democracy curriculum merges science, civic education and youth self-efficacy.

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