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Lynne Cherry Brandwein Lecture March 2010 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Young Voices on Climate Change: Inspired and Empowered Youth Tackle Climate Science and Find Climate Solutions. As a child, Lynne Cherry was profoundly connected to the natural world and a special place. She watched the destruction of her world. Now, through her Young Voices on Climate Change project, she is trying to give teachers and young people the tools to prevent planetary meltdown on a greater scale. Global climate change is upon us and the need for education and action is immediate. Outreach, visual storytelling, and scientific understanding are especially necessary in light of the recent polls that show that the public is becoming more confused and less concerned about climate change. Cherry’s climate book, co-authored with photojournalist Gary Braasch, and her Young Voices on Climate Change films feature climate solutions. They’re about win–win—save the environment, protect human health, reduce global warming gases, demonstrate youth making a difference with practical tools, motivate engagement in climate science, take pride in increased science literacy, reach young people through their hearts as well as their minds, and save money. Although young people can help their parents, peers and communities understand climate science, they can also show them that reducing CO2 is in their economic interest, and spur them to take action. School carbon reduction initiatives are spilling over into communities yielding measurable results in both global warming gas reductions and significant monetary savings.

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  23. Professor Stephen Williams, Director for Centre for Tropical Biodiversity, James Cook University, Australia

  24. David Sobel, Antioch University, New England

  25. Young Voices on Climate Change short film series produced by Lynne Cherry, 2009 and 2010

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  34. Jane Goodall Institute

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Correspondence to Lynne Cherry.

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Lynne Cherry is Visiting Scholar at INSTAAR at University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

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Cherry, L. Young Voices on Climate Change: The Paul F-Brandwein 2010 NSTA Lecture. J Sci Educ Technol 20, 208–213 (2011).

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