Vulnerable Populations: Climate Change Impacts on Children and Young People


On Wednesday, May 17th, 7pm, Let's Talk Climate hosts the final forum for spring 2017, titled "Vulnerable Populations: Climate Change Impacts on Children and Young People" at TaborSpace Commons, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland. 

Some think of climate change as a topic for grownups, yet the long term impacts will take their greatest toll on today’s young people. Many teens in the Portland area are already involved in addressing climate issues, and many adult allies are speaking up about the impacts of climate change on future generations, especially those growing up right now under the specter of a warming planet.  Children in all communities may bear the greatest physical, emotional, and social vulnerabilities in an economically and politically uncertain climate future.

The forum will feature:
Oregon House Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, moderator 
Dr. Nicki Nabavizadeh, Pediatric Resident, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, OHSU and Oregon PSR
Gordon Levitt, Climate Law Fellow, Our Children's Trust 
Anna Tadio, Lewis and Clark Law School student
LeeAnne Fergason, Safe Routes to Schools advocate, The Street Trust
Tucker Holstun, Lincoln High School climate education student

The panel will discuss physical and mental health impacts on young people and focus on current legal and policy initiatives that support a low carbon future for young people. Speakers will offer their generational perspectives and provide opportunities for action steps to support climate concerns regarding children and young people.

This event is free and open to the public; donations are gratefully accepted to help defray expenses. The forum is made possible in part through support from Oregon Environmental Council and 350PDX, and through funding from the City of Portland and SE Uplift’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program.  Attendees are asked to sign up at https://climatechange-children.eventbrite.com.  Carpooling recommended; limited bike and car parking available, TriMet bus 15. For more info contact@letstalkclimatepdx.org.










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