Youth Climate

Youth Climate Challenge


Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

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.

The Inaugural Challenge

2019 Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit: In collaboration with partners from across the region, the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Climate Science Alliance, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals convened the second Southwestern Tribal Climate Change Summit in August 2019. The first Youth Climate Challenge was held in conjunction with this event and hosted over 8 youth teams from communities across the Southwestern United States and Mexico. This Challenge provided an opportunity to come together, focus on climate strategies and solutions, and advance resilience efforts throughout the Southwest and North America.

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Meet the Teams


Promoting Indigenous Voices in Baja

Baja California, Mexico

Leading workshops for University students and teachers to recognize Tribal perspectives and knowledge.

Club Juvenil de Fotógrafos de Naturaleza

San Quintin Bay, Mexico

Using photography as a tool to tell stories about their community and the environmental problems they face.

American Indian Students Initiative

Navajo Reservation, Tohono-O’odam Reservation, & San Carlos Reservation in Arizona

Establishing environmental programs at 3 different schools on 3 Native American Reservations.

Macroalgal Solutions: Blue Carbon and Aquaculture

Baja California, Mexico

Assessing microalgae as a way to clean waters near aquaculture and to absorb CO2 as crops.

Ventura River Watershed Youth Coalition

Ojai, California

Educating their local community about threats to their watershed and the connection to climate change.

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Safeguarding natural and human communities in the face of a changing climate.


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