Apr 20: New Voices for the Planet screening

Young people are standing up for our communities and the environment -- advocating to protect our future and theirs.  Join filmmaker Lynne Cherry for a special Earth Day screening of two short films collectively titled Young Voices for the Planet.  The films feature youth speaking out, creating solutions, changing laws, changing minds, and changing society as they reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities.  These short documentaries reach our hearts and inspire action — and prove that action is the antidote to fear.

7pm - 9pm at Phipps Conservatory's Botany Hall (1 Schenley Park, Pittsburgh;  the small, grand building near the Panther Hollow Bridge).  Free, with regular admission to Phipps. Pick up your free tickets in Phipps' Welcome Center at 5:30 p.m. or later on Fri., April 20.  Phipps is open until 10 p.m. every Friday.

Post-film discussion will be led by Lynne Cherry, author/illustrator of 30 award-winning children’s books, including the best-sellers The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild.  She is the producer and director of the Young Voices for the Planet films championing youth solutions to the climate crisis.  Lynne believes youth are the best messengers, for they will bear the brunt of climate change.  Her YVFP Civic Engagement Curriculum, co-authored with National Science Teachers Association past president Juliana Texley, is available on the YVFP website and will soon be available on PBS Learning Media to help educators assist young people in creating their own ACTION plans.

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