Published on April 19, 2022

2022 Cape Cod Youth Climate Action Summit Set for May

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Students from Cape Cod high schools will gather in Sandwich Wednesday, May 18th for a day of learning about responding to climate change and taking an active role in local policy making.

The 2022 Cape Cod Youth Climate Action Summit will be held from 8:00am–3:00pm at First Church in Sandwich. Students will alternate between break-out sessions and a mock town meeting at nearby Sandwich Town Hall.

It’s the second summit organized by the Cape Cod Youth Climate Leaders, a group of teens from local high schools that staged their first Cape-wide summit in 2019 in Harwich.

Empowering Young People

Mass Audubon Cape Cod educator Morgan Peck, who serves as mentor to the student leaders, says the goal of the summit is to offer young people guidance in developing responses to climate-related challenges, many of them already visible on the Cape—erosion, sea level rise, and warming ocean waters.

Morgan says this year’s event focuses on social justice and civic engagement. “This year students will have an opportunity to participate in a mock town meeting so they can learn about the process of introducing and acting on new initiatives in their own communities.”

At the conclusion of the summit, students will commit to action plans in their schools or towns. Last spring some students advocated on behalf of proposed bans or restrictions on single-use plastic bottles, an issue that appeared on numerous annual town meeting warrants.

How to Get Involved

High school students interested in attending this year’s Cape Cod Youth Climate Action Summit should contact a teacher or administrator at their schools, or email Morgan Peck.