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Youth Climate Challenge Team Update!

Our Youth Climate Challenge participants have been hard at work in their communities leading projects they have designed to help address local climate issues. Tune in as we update you on their incredible progress!

The Youth Climate Challenge is an immersive experience that connects students with leading climate scientists, practitioners, artists, and fellow youth. In challenge teams, students are guided and challenged to identify and analyze the climate impacts in their own communities. Together, they investigate climate strategies and solutions and formulate action plans to implement in their sphere of influence. This Fall, our 2019-2020 Youth Climate Challenge participants have been hard at work in their communities leading projects they have designed to help address local climate issues. Check out what they have accomplished so far!

Students worked to compose photographs that were printed to show the beauty of the wetlands and their community. These photographs were presented at the Fifth Bird Festival in San Quintín Bay during the TRAVESIA collective exhibition.

In addition, Club members have been working on designing a program for the celebration of World Wetlands Day 2020, which will be taking place on January 31, 2020 at the wetlands located in the Chapala community in San Quintín.

In March 2020 Club Juvenil de Fotógrafos de Naturaleza will also display their artwork at the 2020 San Diego Climate Summit to help tell their story.

The American Indian Student Initiatives (AISI) was registered and officially recognized as a student-run organization at The University of Arizona campus on September 27, 2019. The organization partnered with the Native American Student Association (NASA) cultural center, American Indian Science Engineering Society (AISES), GRID Tribal Alternatives, South West Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC), Students for Sustainability (SFS) club, and Baboquivari High School. Throughout the Fall 2019 semester, AISI planned an Interest Meeting, General Meetings, and organized a social event on campus. For their Spring 2019 semester, AISI will help install a solar panel system to a family living without electricity with GRID Tribal Alternatives on the Navajo reservation during Spring Break (March 9-13), organize an Environmental Justice panel discussion with other environmental organizations on campus, and provide environmental outreach services (sustainable rainwater harvesting project and recycling program) to the Baboquivari High School. They hope to continue their initiatives in reducing environmental impacts within their Native American reservation communities.

Students have been working this semester to better understand the physiological and morphological characteristics of their study species by working with researchers in the intertidal zone of Todos Santos Bay, Ensenada. In addition, they are fine-tuning their experimental protocols to run their aquaculture experiments in the Spring.

On Ventura Coastal Cleanup Day, September 21st, the Ventura River Watershed Youth Coalition helped recruit participants, put up an informational board, and supplied a cleanup in Libbey Park. Libbey Park is a central area in Ojai, and a major landmark to its residents. As well as being a well-known community landmark, it contains a tributary to the Ventura River. Over 70 volunteers showed up to the event, and they picked up hundreds of pounds of trash. There was seventy-five pounds of just tennis balls alone! Overall, the cleanup was a major success and the Ventura River Watershed Youth Coalition is expanding their efforts and partnerships to increase their impact.

Good job Youth Climate Challengers - Keep up the great work!

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