Past Summits

Speakers at the Summit provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to drive climate action in their schools and communities. 

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2015 AYCS Welcome & Plenary 1 & 2 8:45 EST

2015: Welcome & Plenaries 1 & 2

Welcome: Jen Kretser, Director of Programs at The Wild Center, welcomes the students to the 2015 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit.

The Power of You!: Hip Hop Artist and Youth Educator Tem Blessed opens the Summit.

We Got This: How Students are Turning the Tide on Climate Change: Brian Stilwell from the Alliance for Climate Education explains the science behind climate change and what needs to be done.

AYCS Plenary 3 - 1:00PM EST

2015: Plenary 3

The Climate Reality Project: The Student Leaders of the Youth Climate Summit present the reality their generation will face with climate change.

AYCS Plenaries 8 & 9 10:45 AM EST

2015: Plenaries 8 & 9

Moving Beyond Stuck, Stalled and Scared: Dr. Mamie Parker, former Assistant Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, movitates students to handle their fears and seize the day.

Uniting Alaska & the Adirondacks for Climate Action: Birk Albert and Evon Peter, Vice Chancellor for Rural Community & Native Education, University of Alaska – Fairbanks, address how climate change is affecting another cold country.

AYCS Finale 2015

2015: Finale

Enjoy the finale of the 2015 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Adirondack Youth Climate Summit 2015

AYCS 2015

Hear the thoughts and plans of Adirondack students at the 7th Adirondack Youth Climate Summit as they plan the future of their schools in ways to help mitigate climate change.

Farewell to Maples: Indigenous Knowledge in the Face of Climate Change

2014: Farewell to Maples: Indigenous Knowledge in the Face of Climate Change

Robin Kimmerer, Professor at SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry and Founder of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment talks at the 2014 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Thanksgiving Address - Day 2 2014 AYCS

2014: People of the Way of the Longhouse

Kanienkehaka Kaianerehkowa Kanonhsesne - People of the Way of the Longhouse Akwesasne Men's Council give a Thanksgiving Address and open the second day of the 2014 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

AYCS 2014 Plenary 6

2014: A View from the Inside: My Time at the UN Climate Summit

Caroline Dodd, Saranac Lake High School senior and AYCS Summit Leader talks at the 2014 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Plenary Presentation 2: Wed 9:50-10:15am

2013: Using the Power of Nature to Transform Youth

Brother Yusuf Burgess of Youth Ed-Venture and the Children & Nature Network Board of Directors talks at the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Plenary Session 5 - Thur. 8:45-9:30am

2013: How to Change the World: 10 Strategies for Fighting the Good Fight, Building a Winning Team and Staying True to Yourself

Kristin Ferguson, with Strategic Projects at the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, talks at the 2013 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit. 

Dominic Frongillo - AYCS 2011 - Plenary 5

2011: How Young People are Launching a Dynamic Clean and Just Energy Revolution

Dominic Frongillo, Councilor and Deputy Town Supervisor of the Town of Caroline, NY, speaks at the 2011 Adirondack Youth Climate Summit.