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Bay Area high school students organize summit to fight climate change

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of students from across the Bay Area will gather for a day of inspiration, conversation and action to solve climate change at The Tech Interactive Saturday, March 7. The second annual Youth Climate Action Summit, presented by NetApp, is designed for students by students and will feature National Geographic Explorers, tech industry experts and international youth climate activists including Xiye Bastida and Dylan Beckett.

Students gather at The Tech Interactive in San Jose, CA to learn about climate change with National Geographic Explorers and generate tech and policy-based solutions at the Youth Climate Action Summit, presented by NetApp. The summit is organized by students for students and the second annual event is Saturday, March 7.

"Climate change is the most immediate and devastating challenge facing our planet's future. We have to solve this now. It's not that my generation wants to be the most passionate about this issue, it's that we have to be," said organizer Divya Nair, The Tech Student Board president and senior at Notre Dame High School.

The youth summit is organized by 13 students from 11 different Bay Area high schools. Teens will work together to develop policy and tech-based solutions to challenges like deforestation, plastic pollution and clean energy.

"We are thrilled to empower young leaders in their quest to make our world a better place," said    Anna Schlegel, Vice President, NetApp.

Activities also include a United Nations climate negotiations simulation, sustainable foods tasting, escape room, advocacy storytelling workshop and more. A leader with the Popeloutchom peoples will also discuss the threats climate change poses to local indigenous culture.

The summit is part of The Tech's Tech for Global Good program, designed to create the next generation of innovators ready to tackle the toughest challenges facing our planet. The Tech will also preview a portion of its next exhibition about living sustainably.

Youth Climate Action Summit
Saturday, March 7. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Tech Interactive
201 S. Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Tickets are $10 at techclimatesummit.org 

About The Tech Interactive

The Tech Interactive is a family-friendly science and technology center in the heart of downtown San Jose. Our hands-on activities, experimental labs and design challenge experiences empower people to innovate with creativity, curiosity and compassion. The Tech is a world leader in the creation of immersive STEAM education resources to develop the next generation of problem-solvers locally, nationally and globally. We believe that everyone is born an innovator who can change the world for the better.

Inspiring the innovator in everyone. | thetech.org

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