Youth Fellows Unleash Their Superpowers to Improve Climate Education

Over the past four months, EarthGen’s Youth Fellows have worked closely with EarthGen staff and partners, to immerse themselves in climate justice learning. Leveraging their strengths, they conducted research on how to enhance statewide climate change education for students. “This experience taught me the power of using our own superpowers to create change,” shares Deja Jangana, one of EarthGen’s Youth Fellows. The culmination of their efforts resulted in thought-provoking videos and a captivating podcast, showcasing their unique superpowers and passion for climate justice.

Deja Jangana (she/her)

“My project is a podcast, and used my research as the basis for my first episode. Listen along as I discuss and unfold the answers to a survey I created titled “Climate Emotions Survey” targeted towards Washington State high school students. The findings reveal a story on the relationship of youth with climate change and how they feel about what’s to come.”

Charles Johnson (he/him)

“I decided to research how to better include blind and visually impaired people in discussions of climate justice because I’m a visually impaired person, and I’m often the only disabled person to attend a climate justice rally. This experience prompted me to study how blind and visually impaired youth feel about climate change using surveys and focus groups.

Using my research I created a video that shows how blind and visually impaired youth are impacted by climate change but also how other disabled people are often excluded from that conversation. This video is also audio described, which means that images will have an audio description, so it might be a little different if you’re not used to it.”

Jwan Magsoosi (she/her)

“People often argue that climate change is insignificant to modern-day Americans, and therefore shouldn’t be taught in our education systems. That is completely untrue because we are experiencing climate change, AND we will suffer from it in the future. We are taught about the past and our history, but why not our future?

I sent out a survey to youth living in the Puget Sound area on how much they know about their environment, and how they feel climate change. I had so much fun making this video, and I can’t thank EarthGen enough for supporting me in this project.

Thank you so much for watching. Lets work together for a better future.”