LIHUE — High school students interested in climate science have a chance to join a six-month program in March that focuses on the latest technology, data and strategies to adjust to climate change.
A project of the Blue Planet Foundation, the Climate Crew program started with its first cohort on Oahu in November. The program accepts about 20 students for every cohort, with the goal of empowering and educating youth on climate issues.
During that first Oahu Climate Cohort, 11 Oahu students signed up and are building their own climate-action and advocacy campaigns, which will be revealed in June.
Now, Blue Planet Foundation is announcing openings for its second cohort on Kauai.
“Along with learning about the critical climate issues our planet is facing, this program will help students gain confidence and experience that they can carry into the future as an organizer and leader,” said Griff Jurgens, educational director of Blue Planet Foundation.
Climate Crew Cohort II starts with a mandatory, two-day training workshop on March 19 and 20 on Kauai, where participants learn about civic-engagement activities.
Then, students will be connected with local organizations and individuals that work with climate-change issues.
At the end of the program in September, students will be awarded Climate Crew certificates.
Students also get lessons in leadership and in presentations, learning how to make effective presentations and how to inspire others to jump on board with their ideas.
Blue Planet Foundation is accepting applications through Feb. 2.
Jessica Else, environment reporter, can be reached at 245-0452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.