A group of 10 Bronxville High School student leaders 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.
The students, who are members of the Human Rights and Environmental clubs at Bronxville, were among 100 area students who gathered at the Mutual of America Building in February for a day of problem-solving, collaboration and design. This year’s conference focused on climate change and how it impacts human rights. The students, who were given a budget and country to represent, worked in groups to design a proposal that best addresses the needs of the people in their assigned country.
“I hope our students gained a better understanding of how global climate impacts human rights and how people live,” said Bronxville High School history teacher Dana Landesman, who attended the conference with fellow teachers Christina Reidel and Amy Bastone. “I hope the students developed empathy for those who are less fortunate than them.”
Landesman said the students were excited to collaborate with students from other schools and come up with a plan to address global climate change. In addition, they had the opportunity to work with Concerns Worldwide representatives who gave them a firsthand account of how people in other countries are affected by climate change.
According to its website, Global Concerns Classroom is an innovative education 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 the knowledge and skills needed to become global citizens and leaders in the 21st century. It develops students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, research and communications skills, which are closely aligned with the dispositions of the Bronxville Promise.
“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.”
The next phase of the program is to take the curriculum that Bronxville students have been working on all year and come up with an action plan, which they will present to Concerns Worldwide representatives at the end of April.