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Young Voices for the Planet
Fall 2018 Newsletter (CORRECTED)

Help Young Voices for the Planet Win the MY HERO People's Choice Award! Vote for Milo and Friends 

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Our Young Voices for the Planet film "The Last Straw", starring 9-year old Milo Cress and the "Skip the Straw" girls, has been selected as a finalist for the People's Choice Award in the MY HERO International Film Festival! "The Last Straw" highlights their efforts to reduce plastic straws in restaurants and businesses. Thousands of people who have seen “The Last Straw” have been inspired to join these young people in their fight to protect our earth by starting their own Go-Straw-Free and Skip the Straw campaigns. Help Young Voices for the Planet win the MY HERO People’s Choice award! Cast your vote here:

This is a public ballot, so feel free to help promote it and send this link out!

Support Young Voices on #GivingTuesday!

Tuesday, November 27th 2018 is known as #GivingTuesday. This year, please consider supporting Young Voices for the Planet with a donation to help us empower the next generation! We thank you for all of your support as we continue to encourage youth to speak up, speak out, and create change.  To learn more about #GivingTuesday, click here: 

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YVFP Thanks The Heinz Endowments! 

YVFP would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to The Heinz Endowments for its recent $40,000 grant! With the Endowments' support, YVFP is implementing a
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series of Civic Engagement and Democracy Educator Workshops throughout greater Pittsburgh and Western PA. These workshops will show teachers how to unleash the creative power of young people to protect their own future!

Coming Soon: Civic Engagement and Democracy Educator Workshop Series

Using Southwest Pennsylvania as a 'laboratory for change', YVFP is excited to announce the first of our Civic Engagement and Democracy Educator Workshops:

hosting a workshop on January 26, 2019.
To excite the UU community about the films and workshops, they are also hosting a preview film screening of the YVFP films on Sunday, November 18. We are thrilled to collaborate with UU churches in SW PA and beyond!
La Roche College of McCandless Township, PA will host a workshop on January 27, 2019 through their teacher preparation program. In their workshops they will be showcasing the YVFP films and curriculum to teachers-in-training and professional educators!


Camp Lutherlyn will host a workshop on  March 9, 2019. Lutherlyn welcomes environmental educators from around the area to learn how to inspire youth to become agents of change.

Click here to register for these workshops, check out our other PA workshop locations or to see a trailer of the workshop hosted by Audubon earlier this year.

Please contact us if you would like to partner with us on one of our workshops!

YVFP Workshops Honor Paula Sculley

Several of the YVFP Civic Engagement and Democracy Educator Workshops are dedicated to the memory of Paula Scully. The Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley, PA will host our first
Paula Sculley Memorial Civic Engagement and Democracy Educator Workshop on February 23, 2019. We thank the Garden Club of Allegheny County (GCAC) for providing generous funding for this workshop.
Paula Sculley was a wonderful person, a
passionate conservationist and co-founder
of several organizations including Fern Hollow Nature Center and Botany in Action (housed at Phipps Conservatory) which sponsors scientific travel for graduate students in ethnobotany. She touched the lives of many.

    YVFP Organizes Youth Panel at SEJ Conference

At the October 2018 SEJ conference in Flint, MI, Lynne Cherry organized and moderated Youth RISING:Youth Solutions to the Climate Crisis and other Environmental Problems. On the panel were: Tiara Darisaw 13-year-old Flint resident; Victoria Barrett, a 19-year-old plaintiff in the OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST lawsuit; and Lou Helmuth, director of Our Children's Trust.

IMG_9275 2Tiara Darisaw was deeply involved in the Flint water crisis, speaking out publicly and frequently visiting politicians to pressure them to provide clean water 

for Flint residents. She created Children for Flint to introduce youth to current issues and volunteer opportunities and to provide a platform to amplify 

their voices. 


Victoria Barrett felt firsthand climate impacts from Hurricane Sandy on her town of White Plains, NY. As an OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST plaintiff, she will be joined by

twenty other youth plaintiffs in this "Trial of the Century." 

Lou HelmuthOUR CHILDREN'S TRUST director, described the background of the case and chilled the audience of journalists with news of how aggressively the White House has been trying to stop this case and stifle the children's voices.

Our Childrens' Trust: No Ordinary Lawsuit

trial  In the landmark case of Juliana vs.  
  The United States, 21 youth plaintiffs  
  are testifying in federal court as 
  part of a case in which they wish to 
  hold the federal government 
  accountable for releasing greenhouse 
  gases that cause global warming and 
  take away their constitutional rights 
  to life, liberty and the ability to 
  survive on Planet Earth, hence, taking 
  away their future. They believe that      they have the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life. Click here to check out a podcast that covers the proceedings of this "Trial of the Century" and to learn how you can support them and where you can join a local rally.

      Parkland Students Help to Get out the Vote on their                                        "Road to Change"

roadIn the season of midterm elections approach, the inspiring students of March For Our Lives made stops across the country to connect with young voters. This "Road to Change" tour brought young people together to get educated, inspired, and REGISTERED to vote!

YVFP Director Lynne Cherry Speaks Out about Hope and Success Stories in Communicating Climate Change

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 YVFP Director Lynne Cherry has been on the road sharing the Young Voices for the Planet films and their pedagogy of hope and solutions in communicating climate change. She recently gave talks at University of Michigan, Princeton, Tufts, and George Mason University. Thank you to all of our University hosts and attendees who shared their stories and energy at these wonderful workshops and seminars!



IMG_4027Along with 200 educators, government officials, non-profits and others concerned about climate change, Lynne Cherry participated in OMEGA DRAWDOWN LEARN. Inspired by Paul Hawken's book DRAWDOWN, this gathering shared the many ways that CO2 can be drawn out of the atmosphere and how to educate about it.  Lynne's panel discussed the history of climate communication, the detrimental effect of gloom and doom and how scientific information can be introduced with positive empowering information. 

IMG_9148A Youth panel got a standing ovation when they asked to be included at the table when decisions about their futures are being decided. Click here to learn more about Omega Drawdown and listen to the panels!

Fairfax Breaks the Silence on Climate Justice

We are thrilled to learn of the recent news that Fairfax County Schools, the 10th largest school district in the country, recently passed a climate action resolution.
Park Guthrie of Schools for Climate Action, which inspired the resolution, wrote:

Fairfax_County_Public_Schools_Logo-1 “Thank you, Fairfax County School Board,
for having the courage to break the social
norm of climate silence in order to protect
your students. May all 14,000 school board
in the nation follow your lead. Together the
educational sector can help break the
logjam on common sense climate action in
Click here to read more about the Fairfax County resolution. You can help break the silence by signing this petition and engaging your local school boards to follow Fairfax's footsteps!

Lynne Chats on the Tom Sumner Show in Flint, MI 

Lynne Cherry in studio 2 2While speaking at the SEJ conference in Flint, Michigan, Lynne was interviewed on the Tom Sumner show. She spoke about how the Society of Environmental Journalists conference built bridges with the Flint community and about the role of journalists during the Flint water 
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crisis. She also spoke about her 30+ years as a children's book author and illustrator, her concern about climate change, the impetus to create her Young Voices for the Planet films, and the power of youth to move mountains.

Catherine Rides for Kids & Climate

Catherine Bock is a generous supporter of Young Voices for the Planet. In a recent correspondence with us, Catherine shared this exciting update:


"I rode the Michigan climate ride in September 2018 to raise money for Young Voices for the Planet. This was my 10th ride and I've raised money for many different organizations. The best thing about these rides is that you meet so many people who are doing work for the planet in different ways. It's always a challenge to ride between 50 and 90 miles a day but at the end it's great to feel the accomplishment and to know that it's for a good cause like your organization. I think it would be fun to get a team of kids to do a ride at some point."

Catherine raised an outstanding $2,800 some of which will directly support YVFP. THANK YOU, Catherine, for your kind words and your support.. and Way to Go!!

   Inspired by the YVFP films, Australian Youth Take Action 

The YVFP Youth Action Map connects the global community of youth fighting climate change! It highlights success stories to inspire others to take action and helps you connect with others nearby so you can work collaboratively.
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 Erase the Waste wrote to us: "We are a small group of 
 high school students in Australia trying to make a huge 
 difference in saving the environment. We love
 your movement and were inspired to take action because 
 we saw other youth making an impact." 
Their Erase the Waste campaign hopes to halve household waste! Check out more inspiring projects on Young Voices for the Planet's Action Map and submit your own! 
Send your story us at

         YVFP welcomes new members to our Board!

Young Voices for the Planet is proud to welcome these new additions to our team! We thank them for their generous contributions, insights, and advice. Please visit OUR TEAM on the YVFP website to read full board bios.                    
                                           New Board Members:

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    Bill Moomaw            Terri Shuck         Dylan Selterman      Natalie Mebane 

                               New Advisory Board Members:
                            dianne-dillon-ridgley 2       dan-martin
                         Dianne Dillon-Ridgeley        Dan Martin 

Elsa and Jerome Join YVFP's Youth Advisory Board 

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YVFP is also pleased to introduce our two new Youth Advisory Board Members: 

Elsa Mengistu and Jerome Foster II.
Please visit OUR TEAM to read full board bios. 

YVFP joins the dialogue at the GCAS Summit

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YVFP was one of the 150 groups invited to participate in the Global Climate Action Summit forum Education: Key to Long-Term Climate Action in San Francisco. We discussed methods for integrating climate change education and engagement into local climate action plans. And we learned about all the other great climate literacy work being done!       

Lynne Cherry and's Bill McKibben holding YVFP's
banner at the GCAS Summit in SF.

Young Voices earns the spotlight at UN Day Dinner

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Each year CC-UNA Council of Organizations chooses a “Make a Difference Project” to spotlight on their UN Day Dinner in State College, PA. This year, on Sunday October 28th, they shone a light on Young Voices for the Planet! provides an opportunity to impact an international need in concert with the theme of the UN Day dinner. We are so honored and very grateful that their organization is raising much-needed funds for our programs! Thank you!!

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