Students in Montgomery County public and private schools and at Montgomery College who are interested in how the County plans to combat the climate emergency can participate in a virtual Climate Youth Town Hall that will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. The conversation, via Zoom, about climate action and the County’s Draft Climate Action Plan will be co-hosted by Montgomery County, Montgomery County Public Schools and Montgomery College.
The Climate Youth Town Hall will be an opportunity for students to connect on climate action and provide feedback on the Draft Climate Action Plan. The action plan is the County’s strategic plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and by 100 percent by 2035. The 87 climate actions outlined in the plan lay the path to achieving the County’s ambitious climate goals while building a healthy, equitable and resilient community.
The virtual town hall is open to all, although it is primarily geared toward high school and college students. Those interested in attending the town hall can register here.
The Climate Youth Town Hall will feature a panel of students and will include multiple breakout sessions. Participants can provide input and perspective on climate action and also will have the opportunity to share information about their schools’ climate initiatives.
“Today’s students are our future leaders and they should play an important role in the fight against climate change,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “It is critical to include young people in the climate planning process and hear their thoughts on climate action.”
The Draft Climate Action Plan is available for public review and comment through the end of February. The plan will be finalized in spring 2021.
The County will host additional virtual sessions on the Draft Climate Action Plan in February. For upcoming sessions, see Upcoming Climate Events.
For more information about the Draft Climate Action Plan and to provide feedback, visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/climate