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The Importance of Climate Education

How do we help people understand climate change? How do we inspire the Commonwealth to use science to understand the world around them and act to protect it?

Through education.

Mass Audubon’s climate education engages people of all ages—ensuring that we help facilitate important conversations about science, climate change, and how we address real world impacts in our communities. We also focus on connecting with communities where they are, right at home, with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work and in the municipalities we serve.

Education empowers a new constituency of climate advocates with the understanding of climate change that is necessary for climate action. Here's how:

Students presenting at a Youth Climate Summit © Phil Doyle
Youth Climate Summit © Phil Doyle

Mass Audubon's year-long Youth Climate Leadership Program is youth-led, action-oriented climate immersion aimed at creating a pace for learning, conversation, networking, and youth-led climate solutions. Over the course of the program, participating middle and high school students will collaborate with mentors to brainstorm and create climate action ideas. Participating youth will use these ideas to create and manage Climate Leadership Projects—tangible climate actions implemented in local schools and Massachusetts communities. 

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Participant discussion at a Climate Café

To address the climate crisis, we have to get comfortable talking about the climate crisis. The Climate Café model, used globally, is a forum for judgement-free, informal climate conversations in local communities. These conversations not only foster comfort and understanding of climate change and its local impacts, but also equip participants with the skills and confidence they need to talk about climate change with the people they care about and ultimately act in their communities.

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