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

07/20/2024 | High school summer course in Boston, MA

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 2024.


Channeling Climate Action into Climate Solutions 

July 20 — July 27, 2024  | Location: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA

Dive into issues of climate change, equity, and public health alongside peers, educators, and leading professionals from the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE). Choose an Action Focus based on your interests and explore how climate change is intertwined with public health, medicine, social justice, equity, economics, and policy. Gain perspective from scientists, health practitioners, policymakers, youth activists, climate creatives, and clean energy innovators at the forefront of tackling the climate crisis. Take what you have learned and transform your ideas into a Community Action Plan, and return home ready to address these issues in your own community.

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.

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“The Harvard Chan C-CHANGE summit presented an opportunity to connect with youth from across not just the US but the globe. Our summit occurred in parallel to the hottest temperatures ever recorded on earth, fires and floods battering every corner of the planet, and continual inaction from politicians and the fossil fuel industry. We did not let this stop us, paralyze us, rather we took it as an opportunity to generate community and optimism—the energy that will fuel our movement.” – Finn Does, a 17 year old from San Francisco, California 


Guest Speakers for 2024

(More to be confirmed)

Gaurab Basu

Gaurab Basu MD, MPH

Director of Education and Policy at Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

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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Caleb Dresser

Caleb Dresser MD, MPH

Director of Healthcare Solutions, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

Emergency Medicine physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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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

Interim Director, Harvard Chan C-CHANGE

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