Captain Planet Foundation (CPF), through its Planeteer Alliance Program, is hosting the Blue Climate Action Summit Series July 29-31. The BCAS Series includes nine simultaneous, youth-led, in-person summits around the world and a virtual summit hosted from Atlanta. These free training events will convene young people with a passion for caring for our oceans and lakes to explore their role in addressing climate change, and to work together to build strategies to protect and restore their local waterways. Youth ages 10-25 are invited to join.
The Blue Climate Action Summit Series is a collaborative effort of CPF’s Planeteer Alliance and the organizers of the Nam Lolwe Youth Summit (NALYS), an event founded in 2021 by three Planeteers — Michelle (17) & Jeremy Muchilwa (14), founders of Osiepe Sango (in Kisumu, Kenya), and Diego Arreola Fernandez (20), founder of Green Speaking (in Mexico City, Mexico) — with the goal of reconnecting young people to their natural spaces and empowering them to take action to preserve natural ‘blue’ resources, like Lake Victoria.
“It’s incredibly mind-blowing to see the NALYS model replicated across the globe. From the beginning, our goal was to do environmental events differently, to make them more inclusive and more intersectional so that they could accommodate a wide range of people, especially people from developing countries,” said Michelle Muchilwa, co-founder of the Nam Lolwe Youth Summit. “We’re happy to develop a summit model that emphasizes a connection to place and empowers young people to create change within their communities no matter where they are. We’re excited to see what the Planeteer Alliance is doingwith the NALYS Model at summits round the world and to keep improving it based on feedback from young people.”
Robbie Bond, the 16-year old from Reno, NV who is hosting the Lake Tahoe Blue Climate Action Summit adds, “I am super excited to work with Captain Planet Foundation and, locally, with Keep Tahoe Blue to educate youth in my community about how climate change is one of the biggest threats to Lake Tahoe. Through BCAS, we can show youth how their actions can help create solutions to the environmental challenges that are facing the Lake Tahoe basin. I am also proud to be one of nine Planeteer sites around the world taking action for our oceans and freshwater systems. Go Planet!”
- Discovery Bay – Discovery Bay, Jamaica
- Lagos Lagoon – Lagos, Nigeria*
- Lake Tahoe – California, USA
- Nairobi River Basin – Nairobi, Kenya
- Nam Lolwe (the original name of Lake Victoria) – Kisumu, Kenya*
- Northern Beaches – NSW, Australia
- Waters of Peru – Lima, Peru*
- Waters of the Yucatan Peninsula – Merida, Mexico*
- Yamuna River – New Delhi, India
* events are hybrid for participants to join virtually as well
Captain Planet Foundation’s Planeteer Alliance will host a simultaneous global virtual summit for any youth unable to join an in-person event. The global virtual summit will be hosted out of Atlanta and will take place in two rounds over the weekend to accommodate time zones worldwide. For more information about Planeteer Alliance, the Blue Climate Action Summits, or to sign up to attend an event visit https://bit.ly/blueclimate . Captain Planet Foundation’s Planeteer Alliance will host a simultaneous global virtual summit for any youth unable to join an in-person event. The global virtual summit will be hosted out of Atlanta and will take place in two rounds over the weekend to accommodate time zones worldwide.
“Over the past six years, Captain Planet Foundation has trained nearly 3,000 young climate changemakers from 90+ nations to create action campaigns for a climate-positive future. We are excited to bring the Blue Climate Action Summit Series to a new group of Planeteers around the globe and are truly inspired by the power of these nine Summit organizers,” says CPF President & CEO, Leesa Carter-Jones.
For more information about the Blue Climate Action Summits, visit https://bit.ly/blueclimate.
ABOUT CAPTAIN PLANET FOUNDATION
Based on the critically-acclaimed animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers, CPF was co-founded in 1991 by media mogul Ted Turner and series executive producer Barbara Pyle as a corporate foundation of TBS. In 2002, Captain Planet Foundation separated from TBS and became a 501(c)3 public charity, with the mission to work collaboratively to engage and empower young people to be problem solvers for the planet. CPF executes its mission both as a grantmaker and as a program operator.
Over the past 30 years, more than 1.6 million children have directly participated in CPF’s programs, which have funded 3,250+ projects, impacting 10.5 million young people. CPF’s operating programs include: Project Learning Garden which has provided 530+ U.S. elementary schools with onsite learning laboratories and healthy food access; Project Hero which is a nationwide, web-based learning platform for K-12 students to save locally threatened and endangered species & ecosystems; Project Giving Gardens which puts school gardens and young urban gardeners to work in the summer months to provide fresh, organically-managed produce to food banks and food pantries; and Planeteer Alliance, a global network of young people who are putting their passion and impatience for change into ACTION for the planet.
ABOUT PLANETEER ALLIANCE
Planeteer Alliance provides an antidote to climate anxiety by fostering agency and training young people on how to engage in real solutions to climate mitigation and drawdown. It expands on the environmental leadership and campaign design training that CPF has delivered to 2,500 young people from 90 different nations over the last 6 years.
This holistic, youth-designed, and youth-led program offers the global community of young environmental advocates and changemakers a consistent and reliable home for solutions, trainings, resources, opportunities, and a peer community that meets in a safe environment. Planeteers learn, share ideas, collaborate, cheer each other on, and pick each other up when they falter – harkening back to the original mythology of Captain Planet & the Planeteers – “By YOUR powers combined, I am Captain Planet!”