Urban Climate Action Network: Students Tackling Climate Change

The new Urban Climate Action Network (UCAN) is a national youth corps created to empower teens concerned about climate change to take action within their communities.

Published June 14, 2018

Groups of high school-aged students across the country, supported by a qualified organization and with supervision of an adult leader, applied and five teams were selected to participate:

  • Samoana High School Parent Teacher Association in Pago Pago, American Samoa
  • Parks and People Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Coppin Memorial AME Church in Chicago, Illinois
  • Serving this Generation in Orlando, Florida
  • Kickapoo High School Science Club in Powhattan, Kansas

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Each team will travel to the National Aquarium in Baltimore this summer for a week-long workshop to learn about climate change, discuss current climate science challenges with science professionals, build leadership and practical skills and explore careers in conservation science, urban planning, communications, civic engagement and more.

In addition, over the course of the three-year program, all five teams will be eligible for small grants to help turn their plans into reality.

Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, UCAN is a partnership between the National Aquarium, the American Planning Association (APA), the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and the National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE).

The learn more about UCAN, visit aqua.org/ucan.

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