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2-day virtual immersions to reflect, reimagine, relearn and retell climate narratives

through a nexus with the Global Goals


                        are FREE online programs where individuals can reflect and unpack their own climate narrative while connecting with others to reimagine and retell a collective vision for the changing world around us. 

Harnessing an experiential learning approach, each Pod is an interdisciplinary experience that will engage participants — through storytelling, collective visioning and collaborative communication practices — to personalize the relevant challenges of the climate crisis. Complemented through two days of interactive dialogue sessions with action & thought leaders and on-demand multimedia content on critical topics within the climate crisis.  


Each of us holds responses. Perspectives that can unlock new realities and catalyze new visions for today. Participants will engage alongside peers to explore and unpack their own climate stories. Contributing to a new unfolding collective narrative for new times.


OPEN TO ALL: curated for intergenerational learning,

from high school to college students and beyond, all are welcome

NOTE: Participation in a Climate Pod does not include a membership to the YCL Network




Facilitated storytelling and collaborative practices to curate reflection and narrative building.

Pods are constructed to be a brief introduction to connect participants to their climate stories. Combining reflective practices and storytelling activities individuals will have an opportunity to witness and contextualize their feelings and insights into how they approach topics as abstract and often opaque as those within the climate crisis.


Further listening and engaging with the stories of others will further enrich this process along the expedient 2-day course.

With the goal: to give people more space and resources to document and share their experiences with the unfolding climate crisis.




Invited guests will join the Pods to share their stories and how these narratives are inspiring their actions and work.


Sessions are conducted as keynotes as well as live roundtable discussion sessions facilitated collaboratively by youth moderators and Pods participants.

 With the objective to sensitize, learn and 

feel through listening to other people

from all over the world personalize topics of the climate crisis.


Throughout the course on-demand online resources —climate change learning materials, skill-based courses, active listening and creative writing activities, and more—will be available and shared with Pods participants.

Intended to complement and enhance the learning throughout the short course and, moreover, after.

Supporting the ability of participants to choose among tools that can support further learning and interaction on these critical climate topics. Additional guidance from Pods coordinators is available through either YCL or Climate Advocates.

RELEARN a future present



The Pods are simply a stepping stone to a larger journey. Each participant will be presented with a curated list populated by options for follow-up opportunities to continue developing themselves and support on how to put their knowledge in action. Ultimate objective that each participant leaves a Pod eager and equipped with clear actionable steps to continue their journey.





Pathways include peer-to-peer networks, fellowships, job corp programming, learning programs, and more

REFLECT on your story

REIMAGINE the status quo

RELEARN a future present

RETELL a collective vision

Forest Path





Living through a crisis within a crisis can get overwhelming. COVID-19 and climate change are inextricably linked. In these Climate Pods New York City is the stage as participants from across the City and the world will interact with new perspectives from this creative capital. To get inspired and feel empowered to take actions both large and small in their communities.

JULY 23-24

Exploring the challenges of designing thriving environments for all inhabitants, #LivableCities. From a focus on NYC, the Pod will explore questions from how can creating resilient cities to the impacts of climate change support more equitable societies?  to what are the tools that communities need to take action?  Through action and thought leaders sharing stories from the field on fostering regenerative actions, mobility, rethinking waste, public policy, community health, and multi-stakeholder coordination

JULY 30-31

How do we use water? What does water me? To my community? In this Pod we explore the nexus between climate change & water by touching on: the unfolding water crisis, global drivers of health and inequality as it pertains to water, community-driven solutions and market-based solutions

AUGUST 13-14

What is my relationship with food? Where does it come from? How does it connect me to my community? Seeing food production and distribution through a regenerative lens, this Pod will touch on: aquaculture / food sourcing from waterways; community mobility to eliminate food deserts and food scarcity; smart technology for production and distribution; circular supply chains; regenerative urban farming

AUGUST 20-21

How does consumerism contribute to the climate crisis? Explore how our materialistic culture is contributing to the fashion industry having a bigger carbon impact than the airline industry. This Pod will touch on: fast fashion, a sustainable supply chain, circular economy, fashion law, human rights, alternative/regenerative materials




Director of Drawdown Learn


Elizabeth is the inaugural Director of Drawdown Learn designing experiences, initiatives, and tools to encourage education, action, and connection about climate solutions based on Project Drawdown’s research, analysis, and insights. She formerly was the author of The Employee's Guide to Sustainability on LinkedIn Learning, a course for people who want to support their company's sustainability imperative on an individual level. Elizabeth has also worked with the California Academy of Sciences, Leap Frog, the University of Illinois, The Walt Disney Company and the University of Wisconsin.


Head of Ecosia North America

Ruby is the Head of Ecosia in North America — the search engine that plants trees to fight climate change. She leads Ecosia's growth strategy in North American markets, including U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Ruby is also the Founder of Lumen Labs an award-winning social enterprise and official partner of EdTech in Nairobi, Kenya. She graduated summa cum laude as the Commencement Speaker for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (Class of 2016)


Founder of Climate.Careers

Evan is the Co-Founder of Climate.Careers a job seeking platform mobilizing the world’s talent to solve the climate crisis. 24 million new climate-impactful jobs will be created by 2030 as a result of addressing the climate crisis, according to the United Nations. Climate.Careers exists to accelerate this critical shift, by building the network for climate solutionists, the individuals and organizations working to address climate change. Formerly Evan has supported Make School, Oracle, and Hustle.




Karina Weinstein

Program Strategy and Innovation Director at FXB USA

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Steven Carlson

Youth Climate Leaders U.S. Lead

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What are your goals for this Summer? Bring them along as we co-create these Climate Pods. We are seeking support from NYC and around the globe to develop engaging, impactful virtual interactions for Pod participants

Join one or all of the Pods! Deadlines are rolling and registration is open up to 24 hours before the date of the Pod


Considering participation will be online emissions from these courses will be limited. However, one four letter word that we don't often give much thought is increasingly having a more significant impact on the climate and our environment... data. In the interest of educating and empowering informed choices here is an impact snapshot from all that data we use.

When calculating our carbon footprint, the impact of data storage is normally not one we are used to seeing. Although, data centres already use an estimated 200 terawatt hours (TWh) each year (that is more than the national energy consumption of some countries, including Iran or the UK). With data centres alone contributing to around 0.3% of overall carbon emissions. But when grouped with the information and communications technology (ICT) ecosystem as a whole—encompasses personal digital devices, mobile-phone networks and televisions—the impact greatly increases, accounting for more than 2% of global emissions. Putting data + ICT’s carbon footprint on the same level with that of the aviation industry’s emissions from fuel!

Because this program involves online engagements and data, there will be a carbon footprint from emissions of this project. To take steps to offset this, we are committing to:

(1) educate participants and our communities of the impacts of their data usage, (2) work with partners to organize mitigation strategies and activities so each of us can have a clear pathway to calculate our 'online' carbon emissions and ways to reduce or offset these. So we can “walk the talk”.

Source: Nature 2018

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