Nantucket Youth Climate Committee: Our Future in a Changing Climate at the Nantucket Whaling Museum
The Nantucket High School Youth Climate Committee students Sarah Swenson, Ellie Kinsella, Dylan Marks, Taylor Bistany, and Anna Popnikolova share their thoughts and perspectives on the climate crisis, exploring how they expect climate change to impact their lives and careers. The program was presented at the Nantucket Whaling Museum as part of the Food for Thought Lecture Series by the Nantucket Historical Association.
The Nantucket Youth Climate Committee was created by a group of four Nantucket High School students with the support of Mass Audubon’s Nantucket Wildlife Sanctuaries, and its Youth Climate Leadership Program, in the Spring of 2020. In partnership with Mass Audubon, the NYCC has grown more than six-fold in the past year and has led several community engagement events to facilitate meaningful discussion and action to address the climate crisis.
To begin this academic year, NYCC president, Sarah Swenson, sparked a passion for youth climate activism in over 30 of her peers, which led to a youth-led climate walkout during school, in coordination with Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays For Future” movement to raise awareness about climate change impacts on our Island.
The Nantucket Youth Climate Committee is dedicated to supporting a culture and community on-island that has the passion and knowledge to overcome expected threats of the climate crisis and make our Island and our planet a safer place.