The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) 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 2023.
Turning Knowledge into Climate Action
July 22-29, 2023 | Location: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Students dove into issues of climate change, equity, and public health alongside peers, educators, and leading professionals from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Each student chose an Action Focus based on their interests and explored how climate change is intertwined with public health, medicine, social justice, equity, economics, and policy. They gained perspective from scientists, health practitioners, policymakers, youth activists, climate creatives, and clean energy innovators at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis. They then took what they learned and transformed their ideas into a Community Action Plan, and returned home ready to address these issues in their communities.
The annual 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.
Guest Speakers for Summer 2023
Lauren BashContent Creator, Producer & Editor
Gaurab Basu MD, MPHPrimary Care Physician and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy at Cambridge Health Alliance
Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Lindsey Butler, PhDDirector of Climate and Health Resilience, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts
Aaron Bernstein MD, MPHDirector, National Center for Environmental Health & Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Former Director, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE
Phillip ConnaughtonHead of Software Engineering at Running Tide
Adriana Dolgetta CosgriffPresident of Ground Rule and the CEO of Capacita
Caulin DonaldsonPublic Speaker, Activist, Content Creator
Dorcas GadriUndergraduate Student, Harvard College
Christopher Golden, PhD, MPHAssistant Professor of Nutrition and Planetary Health, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Nicole KelnerFounder, Arts and Climate Change
Arielle King, JDEnvironmental Educator, Writer, and Social Media Content Creator
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
Mckenzie MargaretheMarine Science Communicator
Kari Nadeau, MD PhD
Chair, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
John Rock Professor of Climate and Population Studies, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Erin O'BrienExecutive Director, Head of Small Molecule Development, Biogen
Jhánneu RobertsSustainability Content Creator and Speaker
Samuel RubinSocial Impact Strategist, Content Producer, Climate Storyteller, and Grassroots Activist.
Jonathan ShieberEditor in Chief and Venture Partner, FootPrint Coalition
Governor Peter Shumlin81st 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
Meg Haywood SullivanSustainability Strategist, Creative, Co-Founder of Plastic Free Fridays