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Bronxville Students Address Climate Change Challenges At Global Summit

Bronxville High School students worked on finding short- and long-term solutions to climate change when they attended Global Concerns Classroom’s annual Global Youth Summit on Climate Impact in New York City.
Bronxville High School students worked on finding short- and long-term solutions to climate change when they attended Global Concerns Classroom’s annual Global Youth Summit on Climate Impact in New York City. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. - Nearly a dozen enterprising Bronxville High School students joined hundreds of their peers from the tri-state area to address short and long term climate change solutions that affect the entire world.

Ten students from the high school’s Human Rights and Environmental Club participated in the Global Concern’s Classroom’s annual Global Youth Summit on Climate Impact in Manhattan, where they enjoyed a day of “problem-solving, collaboration and design,” in regards to the international issue of climate changes.

This year’s event focused on climate change and how it affects human rights. The students were given a budget and country to represent, then worked in collaboration to design proposals that best addressed the needs of the population in each assigned nation.

Bronxville High School history teacher Dana Landesman said that the students were excited to collaborate with their peers from other schools and to work alongside representatives from Concerns Worldwide, who provided first-hand accounts of how other nations are negatively affected by climate changes.

“I hope our students gained a better understanding of how global climate impact human rights and how people live,” Landesman said. “I hope the students developed empathy for those who are less fortunate than them.”

According to its website, Global Concerns Classroom is “an innovative educational program that seeks to raise awareness of current international humanitarian issues and empower students to take meaningful action.” Through a variety of resources, student engagement programs and professional development for educators, the program prepares students to gain knowledge and skills needed to become global citizens and leaders.

The next phase of the program involves Bronxville students coming up with an action plan, which will be presented to Concerns Worldwide at the end of the month.

“Through Concerns, our students learned about global issues, worked together to innovate and developed solutions to the problems they are faced with,” Landesman said. “Our students often took leadership roles during the conference.”

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