Getting Teens Interested, Involved

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

America's youth are known for pushing positive change. To help encourage this, the EPA has started Climate for Action. It's an online blog dedicated to getting kids more involved in climate change and its effects on young people's health.

Middle and high school students who want to motivate others to address climate change can visit the website. There, they can become a Climate Ambassador by making one of several green commitments.

One is to learn about the health effects of a changing climate and give presentations to classmates. According to the site, a warmer climate may decrease air quality. Changes in climate may also make conditions more favorable to mosquitoes, other insects, and animals that may carry diseases. And heat waves could increase the risk of dehydration, heat stroke and other illnesses.

The program helps young people understand the links between the pollution that contributes to climate change and health. And to encourage middle and high school students to reduce their own energy use. Lessons we can all learn, and benefit from.


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