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Second cohort of Climate Ambassador Program concludes

The second session of the Cape Cod Commission’s Climate Ambassador Program came to a close this month. The Climate Ambassador Program is an initiative to educate, engage, and empower young people on Cape Cod to work together to combat the impacts of climate change.

Over the course of seven virtual meetings, twenty-one students from nine Cape Cod high schools heard from scientists, local advocates, legislators, and policymakers on topics including climate equity, communications, advocacy, policy, and sustainability.

Students were required to complete a climate-related project. Projects presented during the final session included studying the rate of carbon dioxide absorption in trees, shopping small, creating a composting network for local businesses, a community-supported agriculture network, sustainable gardening, and how to use plants to combat erosion.

“The Climate Ambassador Program has been an exciting effort for Commission staff,” said Cape Cod Commission Deputy Director Erin Perry, who addressed the group during the final session. “It’s promising to see students’ consistent commitment and dedication to the program and to addressing climate change in the region and beyond.”

“Thank you for the opportunity to learn more about climate change,” said Falmouth High School junior Lexi Morton. “I’ve learned a lot in environmental science classes, but this focused solely on climate change, and I’m thankful for that.”

Fellow Ambassador Naomi Francis, a sophomore at Nauset High School, said, “It was great to hear from the guest speakers and meet other high school students who share an interest in climate change.”

The hope is that these 21 students will continue to be engaged on the issue of climate change, will share information with their peers, and will encourage others to become involved.

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