Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summit on Climate, Equity, and Health

07/24/2022 | High School Summer course in Boston, MA

Are you a high school student with an overwhelming urge to make the world a better place? Are you looking for tangible ways to take climate action, develop leadership skills, and inspire others to join you in the fight for a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable future? 

Have we got the summer program for you!  

The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) has joined forces with Putney Pre-College, an initiative of Putney Student Travel, to host another year of youth summer programming on climate, equity, and health in July 2022.

The Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summit trains students to be leaders in their communities through workshops, field-based activities, and meetings with scientists, health and policy experts, academics, energy innovators and more.

The Youth Summits combine Putney’s extensive history of designing educational and innovative student programs with Harvard Chan C-CHANGE’s leadership putting health and equity at the center of climate actions.


Empowering Young People to Lead

July 24-30, 2022 

High school students will gather in Boston, MA to choose an Action Focus and dive into climate issues related to their interests, strengths, and passions. Students will gain perspective from inspiring world leaders, politicians, advocates, scientists, renewable energy innovators, at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis. Students will engage with the program themes through the lens of their chosen Action Focus group: Climate Communications, Press, & Media, Climate Science, Entrepreneurship, Industry, & Technology, Environmental Justice, Global Health, Epidemiology, & Infectious Disease, Medicine & Healthcare, and Policy & Advocacy. 


This program was developed thanks to the support of Gina McCarthy, now the National Climate Adviser in the Biden-Harris Administration and former Director of Harvard Chan C-CHANGE.

To get involved please reach out to Skye Flanigan (Flanigan@hsph.harvard.edu)


Articles Featuring Our 2021 Students

My Experience Hosting a Small Town Climate Strike Breaking the Intergenerational Divide

Islesboro 11th grader proposes sustainable development goals for town

A call to action: My experience at the inaugural Harvard Chan C-Change Youth Climate Summit


Guest Speakers for Summer 2022

Kayla Anderson

Kayla Anderson

Conservationist climate creator

 

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Gaurab Basu

Gaurab Basu MD, MPH

Primary Care Physician and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy at Cambridge Health Alliance

Instructor, Harvard Medical School

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Allison Begalman

Allison Begalman

Co-Founder & CEO, YEA! Impact

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Steve Benjamin

Mayor Stephen Benjamin

Former Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina

The Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

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Dr. Aaron Bernstein

Aaron Bernstein MD, MPH

Interim Director, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

Pediatric Hospitalist, Boston Children’s Hospital

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

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Doria Brown

Doria Brown

Energy Manager at the City of Nashua NH

Climate communicator

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Linsdey Butler

Lindsey Butler, PhD

Director of Climate and Health Resilience, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts

 

 

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Carissa Cabrera

Carissa Cabrera

Marine conservation & digital storytelling

 

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Marcia Castro

Marcia Castro MA, PhD

Andelot Professor of Demography

Chair, Department of Global Health and Population Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Grace Chan

Grace Chan MD, PhD

Pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital

Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Ilana Cohen

Ilana Cohen

Climate journalist

Harvard College student

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Caleb Dresser

Caleb Dresser, MD, MPH

Climate and Human Health Fellow Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Emergency Medicine Physician, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Kristy Drutman

Kristy Drutman

Jew-Pina American environmental media host, speaker, activist, and digital media strategist

 

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Paul Goodloe

Paul Goodloe

On-Camera Meteorologist and Co-Host, “Weekend Recharge” at The Weather Channel

 

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Tamarra James-Todd

Tamarra James-Todd, PhD

Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Howard Koh MD, MPH

Former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

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Natalia Linos

Natalia Linos MSc, ScD

Executive Director, FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard University

 

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Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

White House National Climate Advisor 

Former Director and Chair, Board of Advisors, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

 

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Nadia Nazar

Nadia Nazar

Founder, Co-Executive Director & Art Director, Zero Hour

 

 

Peter Neff

Peter Neff, PhD

Assistant Research Professor, University of Minnesota
 
 

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Jeff Nesbit

Jeff Nesbit

Founder, Climate Nexus

 

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Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

Executive Director, Head of Small Molecule Development, Biogen

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Brad Rochlin

Brad Rochlin

Director of Strategic Partnerships at Running Tide

 

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Jeffrey Sanchez

Jeffrey Sánchez

Former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives

 

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Governor Peter Shumlin

Governor Peter Shumlin

81st Governor of Vermont

Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Co-Director, Putney Student Travel

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Meg Haywood Sullivan

Meg Haywood Sullivan

Sustainability Strategist, Creative, Co-Founder of Plastic Free Fridays

 

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Kristin Stevens

Kristin Stevens

Director of Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction, Americares

 

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Kate Todrys

Katherine Todrys

Human rights lawyer

Author of “Black Snake: Standing Rock, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and Environmental Justice”

 

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Amanda Yarnell

Amanda Yarnell

Senior Director, Center for Health Communication at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

 

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Ali Weinstein

Ali Weinstein

Queer TV writer and Climate Activist

Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Hollywood Climate Summit

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Karine Weinstein

Karina Weinstein

Program Strategy & Innovation Director FXB USA

 

 

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Chris Wheat

Chris Wheat

Executive Director, George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Alaina Wood

Alaina Wood

Sustainability scientist and climate communicator

 

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