National Children’s Week has officially begun. Six days and 25 panels commence today, during which youth bring issues that impact them — everything from climate change, gun control, education and racial bias — to the fore. Their mission: to get adults to take action, specifically when it comes to exercising their right to vote.
Giving a shout-out to National Children’s Week were some familiar faces including Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
Children’s environmental health will be the theme of Monday’s panels with National Children’s Campaign’s (NCC) Executive Director Jonah Gottlieb moderating a panel from 1 pm to 2 pm EST. Next up, Cultivate America, a new non-profit that explores the intersection of agriculture, food and climate change. Youth activists Kate Roney and Lana Weidgenant will moderate the 3 pm to 4 pm EST panel, discussing upcoming events the public can participate in, including a Co-Victory Gardens project.
Roney takes the stage again from 5 pm to 6:15 pm to host a panel about Schools for Climate Action (S4CA). This Northern California-based nonprofit sprung from the actions of two youth activists who were fighting for a national carbon tax to combat impact climate change when wildfires decimated their town. The movement has grown exponentially since the 2017 Tubbs Fire, which coincided with the founding of S4CA.
The day concludes with a teaser and panel discussion, led by NCC President Kimberly Gutzler, from 7 pm to 8 pm EST on the upcoming documentary Our Future, Our Fight.
Missed yesterday’s kick-off address from Reverend Dr. William J. Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign? Not to worry, we have it right here.