NASHVILLE – Teens from across Nashville will gather this Saturday, March 4, for the Nashville Youth Climate Summit. Now in its fourth year, the Summit is hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Council, in coordination with the Oasis Center and the Cumberland River Compact. Young people at the event will participate in workshops and panel discussions on the most pressing climate issues facing the city. Experts, community leaders, and local businesses will help facilitate these conversations.
The event is free and registration is open to high schoolers across Davidson County.
“Climate change is one of the most pressing problems in Nashville and around the world,” says Catherine Price, the Cumberland River Compact’s Senior Program Manager. “The Nashville Youth Climate Summit has always centered education into action and we are thankful to partner with Nashville SC to help make the ideas of Nashville youth come to life. ”
New to this year’s summit, attendees will have the opportunity to apply for funding to implement a climate action project in their school, neighborhood, or community. Funds from Nashville SC will help students make their climate visions a reality.
Projects will be exclusively led by youth and will align with the Nashville Climate Action Plan. Potential projects may include planting trees to reduce urban heat, installing native plants to protect biodiversity, starting a small-scale composting system in their classroom, creating an art piece, or other youth-developed projects.
We are proud to invest in growing the capacity of youth leaders to organize, lead, and take action on environmental issues”, says Brandon Hill, Nashville SC Head of Community Engagement. “This generation of young people are more passionate than ever about the environment and this project will give them the resources to make a difference in their communities”.
“We are excited to be a part of the Youth Climate Summit again! Integral to the mission of Oasis Center is providing opportunities to empower youth voice because we believe that our young people are the key to sustainable, impactful change,” says Alyssa Vega of the Oasis Center. “Our Mayor’s Youth Council members are looking forward to this year’s summit to empower more youth to be change agents and leaders in environmental justice efforts”
More information and registration for the event is available at this link:
The Nashville Youth Climate Summit is for youth only and is not open to the public. Media must give advance notice to receive permission to attend.
About the Mayor’s Youth Council: The Mayor’s Youth Council is a diverse group of 40 high school students from across Davidson County. The council is tasked with providing ongoing and direct input on local government policies and practices, advocating on important issues, and fostering initiatives created for and by youth.
About the Cumberland River Compact: The mission of the Cumberland River Compact is to enhance the health and enjoyment of the Cumberland River and its tributaries through education, collaboration, and action. https://cumberlandrivercompact.org/
About the Oasis Center: Oasis Center provides a wide range of opportunities that reflect the diverse needs of youth and their families, from crisis intervention to youth leadership and community engagement to college and career access. https://oasiscenter.org/
About Nashville SC: Nashville SC
joined Major League Soccer on Feb. 29, 2020 in front of the largest attendance ever recorded for a soccer match in the State of Tennessee. In its inaugural MLS season, Nashville SC defeated expectations by becoming the second MLS expansion side to win and advance to the Conference Semifinals in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs. Nashville SC returned to the 2021 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs in its sophomore season after becoming just the seventh team in MLS history to go unbeaten at home in a season. Nashville SC inaugurated GEODIS Park, the largest soccer-specific stadium in the United States and Canada, in front of a 30,109-sellout crowd on May 1, 2022. For more information, visit NashvilleSC.com and follow the club at @NashvilleSC on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify. https://www.nashvillesc.com/