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by | Aug 5, 2022 | Climate Change

August 5, 2022 – The way Ilana Cohen sees it, young people are in a unique position to speak out about the dangers of climate change—and to fight against it.
A climate journalist and Harvard College student, Cohen was one of more than 30 speakers at a weeklong summer course for high school students, held July 24-30, called the Harvard Chan C-CHANGE Youth Summit on Climate, Equity, and Health. Now in its second year, the course offered tangible strategies for taking climate action, skills in leadership, and advice on inspiring others to join in the fight for a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable future. The course drew 121 students from across the U.S. as well as Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, and Spain.
The course was hosted by the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard Chan C-CHANGE) and Putney Pre-College, an initiative of Putney Student Travel.
Ilana Cohen (L) and Nadia Nazar ” data-medium-file=”×300.jpg” data-large-file=”” loading=”lazy” class=”size-full wp-image-111354857260″ src=”” alt=”Ilana Cohen and Nadia Nazar” width=”300″ height=”359″ srcset=” 300w,×300.jpg 251w,×150.jpg 125w,×313.jpg 262w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 85vw, 300px”/>Ilana Cohen (l) and Nadia Nazar
Cohen spoke July 28 at the Youth Keynote, along with Nadia Nazar, founder, co-executive director, and art director of Zero Hour, a youth-led climate organization. The event was held in a packed Kresge G1.
“Young people can see things with a very unique level of moral clarity,” said Cohen. “Being less embedded in a structurally unjust status quo, I think it’s easier, actually, at a younger age to be able to speak out. I think using our voices in a way that makes our moral clarity resonate with peop …

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