• Seattle Youth CAN

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Come to a CAN event

Seattle Youth CAN is all about taking action against climate change and creating a positive space for teens to come together on common passions. Throughout the year there will be monthly events open to any teen who wants to get involved. Come to an event to meet other teens, to have fun, and to learn how you can fight climate change! View events

Join the Seattle Youth Climate Action Network

Want to receive an email about upcoming Seattle Youth CAN or other local climate-related events? Join our mailing list for invitations to climate workshops, social events, advocacy opportunities, and more. Sign up here!

Encourage others to get involved

A great way to exponentially increase the impact of our actions is to spread the word! Tell your friends to be a part of the action. Share with them in person or on social media. We encourage you to share events and posts with friends and bring them to events! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our blog to keep up with what’s going on. Spread the word!

Reflecting on the SYCAN Summer Experience

Earlier this month, we wrapped up a fantastic first year of the SYCAN Summer Experience! During this program, local teens learned about climate change impacts on the environment, the economy and people, met climate professionals around Seattle and presented climate communication projects at the zoo.

It was so fulfilling to see the engagement and growth our participants showed over the four weeks. The teens realize the urgency of climate action and grew so much in their ability to articulate causes and effects of and solutions to climate change. Today’s youth will play an essential role in fighting climate change, and I am confident our participants will be capable leaders in this fight. I can’t wait to hear how they spur action at their schools and in their communities!

Cheers to all involved in this year’s program! Check out Woodland Park Zoo’s new blog post with more reflections from our participants and staff!

By Chika Acholonu

Chika began working at Woodland Park Zoo in June 2017 and led the development of the schedule of readings, journal prompts, icebreakers and team activities for the SYCAN Summer Experience. Along with three Seattle Youth Employment Program interns and two other SYCAN staff, Chika also mentored the Summer Experience participants on their culminating projects. He is now working with the SYCAN Youth Leadership Committee to plan this year’s Summit.

Check out the SYCAN Summer Experience!

Want to take climate action this summer? Please join us for the SYCAN Summer Experience!

  • Who should apply: Teens in high school interested in the greater Seattle / King County area
  • When: July 17th through August 10th (Monday through Thursday) from 10 am to 4 pm each day
  • Where: Woodland Park Zoo and locations around the city
  • What will we do:
    • Learn about climate change and how it affects people, wildlife and the environment
    • Meet climate professionals and advocates
    • Work on a climate communication project for the zoo
  • Why you should sign up:
    • $400 stipend
    • Lunch provided every day
    • An Orca card for getting around the city
    • The opportunity to present about your climate communication project at the Youth Climate Action Summit in October
  • Apply here: Tinyurl.com/SummerCATapp2017
  • Spread the word: Share this flyer with interested friends and your school’s Green Team!

Sign up today for the Climate Action Workshop on Saturday, May 6th!

Please join Seattle Youth Climate Action Network on Saturday, May 6th for a Climate Action Workshop at Woodland Park Zoo:

  • Who should sign up: Teams (youth 14-18) from a program, club, or school, or individuals interested in joining an action team
  • When and where: Saturday, May 6th from 12:00 – 4:30 pm at Woodland Park Zoo (pizza lunch will be served!)
  • What will we do:
    • Explore climate change impacts and local issues
    • Learn about opportunities for action and local resources
    • Plan a climate action project for your team
    • Teams will be invited to present about their action project at the Youth Climate Action Summit in October
    • The leader of each team will be invited to join Seattle Youth CAN’s Youth Leadership Committee to serve as a point person for their team in the planning of the Summit
  • Register here: Tinyurl.com/CANworkshop2017
  • Spread the word: Share this flyer with interested friends and your school’s Green Team!

Lead Your School in Taking Climate Action!

Last year, our world finally came together to sign the Paris Climate Accord, an international agreement to prevent average global temperatures from rising above 2°C in comparison to pre-industrial levels. Unfortunately, our new administration has threatened to withdraw from this treaty – missing one of our last chances to mitigate the effects of global warming before it is too late.

In response, students at my school and I have taken action. We launched an organization, Schools Under 2C. Regardless of whether or not our country decides to follow through with the Paris Accord, we have lead our school to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels to those stated by the treaty. Through simple educational programs, we have been igniting behavioral changes, and reduced our carbon footprint by over 1.5 tons each month.

We have implemented composting and lighting reduction programs, and partnered with our city to develop a mobile application offering incentives to encourage students to take more “green” transportation options.

The mission of our organization is not only to ignite a compliance campaign, but an educational movement. We have set a precedent for the rest of our community, and we are challenging other schools around the nation to reduce their carbon footprint. This network of passionate students from around the nation proves that kids care about climate change. Climate change is not impossible to fight. We already have the technology to do so – we just need to take action.

Visit our website, www.schoolsunder2c.org, to learn more. Join our movement by signing a pledge under the “join us” tab to reduce your school/community’s carbon footprint. After signing a pledge, you will be sent a Launch Kit, complete with tools and guides on how to get started in your community.

Together, we can empower the next generation to take climate action – one degree at a time.


This post was written by Anne Lee a new Seattle Youth CAN Member. Thanks Anne! 

Anne Lee is a junior at Tesla STEM High School. In second grade, her teacher played a video explaining how polar bears drowned due to rising sea levels because they couldn’t swim from one chunk of ice to the next. As a little second grader who adored any kind of furry creature, she was heartbroken. She pledged from that day on to do whatever she can to fight climate change – whether that means starting environmental movements, or researching solutions to environmental issues. 

Also, here are some links to recent press releases about the project by the Huffington Post and KPNX:





Fighting climate change one tree at a time

On February 11th, Seattle Youth CAN teamed up with Forterra, Green Seattle Partnership and Friends of the Burke Gilman to plant trees, pick up trash, and remove invasive species from a section of the Burke Gilman Trail. Of the 85 trees planted, 34 trees were purchased by Woodland Park Zoo as part of Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture program. The 85 trees planted will sequester 425 tons of carbon over their lifetime.

Forterra’s Evergreen Carbon Capture program helps companies, organizations and individuals address the threats of global climate change by planting trees in the Puget Sound region. It began as a partnership with Pearl Jam, who wanted to take responsibility for their carbon emissions produced from their world tour by planting trees in their local community! Since then, the program has grown to include dozens of companies and individuals.

We asked participant Daniela Shuman to share her thoughts on the event:

The Burke-Gilman trail through North Seattle required our help. The area was full of trash, covered in the invasive black berry bushes, and missing trees. It’s a good thing Seattle Youth CAN were up for the job!

When we arrived, we went straight to the job, planting western red cedar, Douglas fir and grand fir. To ensure their best chance at surviving, we were taught how to effectively plant a tree. One important part was adding mulch around the newly planted tree to keep the moisture inside. After the hillside was covered in tiny trees, we were to go through and find any extra trash. It was sad to find so much, but we cleaned up the park well and ended up with bags of small pieces of plastic. Finishing up, we got rid of the invasive blackberry bushes. It was hard, but we eventually cleaned out a large area and freed a few trees that were wrapped in blackberry vines. Our motto was Free the Tree 2017! We were tired from the morning of work, but it was loads of fun to do with friends!

The importance to all this work was to restore part of the Seattle Area ecosystem. The hillside needed tree roots to avoid collapse and the stream needed shade to keep it cool for the living organisms inside. This event has made a lasting impact on our community ecosystem and I am proud to say I was part of it!


By Daniela Shuman


Please let us know if you have questions or ideas for partnering with SYCAN, we want to hear from you!

To be added to our email list for monthly updates on Seattle Youth CAN events and activities or if you are interested in joining the network please email us at:

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