The Youth Climate Challenge

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders


"As a part of the relatively younger generation I can vouch for the importance impressed upon us of time and the time we have to positively impact everything around us, most importantly our planet. We have reached a point in which the youth are going to have a great, if not, the greatest significance in the world and working towards bettering it.”



About the Youth Climate Challenge

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.

For questions on the Youth Climate Challenge or to have the Climate Science Alliance host a Challenge with your students, please contact us:

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.

For more information on the Summit, please visit:


Project Teams

Following the Inaugural Youth Climate Challenge, students were offered the opportunity to propose their projects for funding to implement. The following five projects have been awarded support for the 2019-2020 year. 

Promoting Indigenous Voices in Baja


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

Club Juvenil de Fotógrafos de Naturaleza


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

American Indian

Students Initiative


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

Macroalgal Solutions: Blue Carbon and Aquaculture


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

Ventura River Watershed

Youth Coalition


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

Learn more about each project by clicking on the + button

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