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Youth Climate Summit

Monday, February 21, 2022

We thank you for your interest but at this time the registration for the 2022 Youth Climate Summit has closed. Please join our mailing list to be the first to learn about future events!

This powerful, one-day educational experience will help lead changes in the lives, schools, and communities of young people by working towards a more sustainable future in the Triangle.

The Summit, aligned with North Carolina State Science Standards, will feature informative sessions and workshops led by local community leaders, organizers, and scientists including:

  • Sami Grover, Author of We’re All Climate Hypocrites Now
  • Jennifer Roberts, former mayor of Charlotte, NC
  • Clean Aire NC
  • Crystal Dreisbach, Don’t Waste Durham
  • Erica Neal, Farmer Food Share
  • Jorden Revels – indigenous rights advocate and filmmaker
  • Dr. Danielle Spurlock – Professor of Urban Planning at UNC

This event is modeled after the Youth Climate Summit started by The Wild Center, a science museum in upstate New York. The program works globally to convene and empower young people to implement climate action plans in their schools and communities. Our event will join a network of over 37 sites around the world that have hosted a Youth Climate Summit inspired by this model. We are part of a robust network of young people around the world who are learning about climate change and taking action.

More than 100 participants from 10 high schools and community institutions will gather at The Museum of Life and Science on February 21, 2022, for the Youth Climate Summit.

In break-out sessions, teams will be given the tools and information to inspire them in their efforts to lower carbon emissions in their local communities. Teams will then apply what they learned and create their own Climate Action Plan.

Students who participated in other Summits have returned to their schools and communities implementing change – creating school gardens to provide food for their cafeterias, expanding recycling and composting programs, replacing power strips with energy-smart strips, examining energy-saving opportunities by conducting carbon audits for their schools, and presenting to school boards about their activities and financial savings, and countless community outreach events.


About The Wild Center and the Youth Climate Program

Youth Climate Summits, like the one held at the Museum of Life and Science, are a part of The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program which works to convene and empower young people around the world to take climate change action. Since hosting the first Adirondack Youth Climate Summit more than 11 years ago, the model, developed by The Wild Center, has inspired over 60 summits in 11 states and 5 countries, and that number is growing fast. For more information on The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, visit


Who is attending?

Teenagers are coming in small groups or clubs along with an adult mentor. Some of these groups are established environmental clubs and some are just getting started.

How do I attend/bring a group?

We have reached our maximum capacity for this event. Registration is currently closed. Subscribe to the Museum newsletter to stay up to date on all events at the museum including when registration is open for the next annual climate summit.

What does youth-led mean?

We have been working with a group of teen advisors who have played a key role in shaping every aspect of this event. These teens have helped to shape every aspect of the event.

For more information

Please contact Carly Apple at

Thank you to our sponsors:

Biogen Foundation  TCF   Wild Center