American and Kenyan Youth Deliver Environmental Messages in Copenhagen

As President Obama called world leaders back to the table in Copenhagen to work on an agreement, the White House Offices of Energy and Climate Change and Public Engagement helped facilitate a meeting between White House aides and young environmental leaders from the United States and Kenya. The American coalition hand-delivered hundreds of letters-to-the-President from a wide spectrum of young Americans: from high school students in Illinois to young leaders in Michigan to young sportsmen in South Dakota.

The Kenyan coalition brought a book of drawings and illustrations from students in Nyang’oma Kogelo village, where President Obama’s father lived. Included was a collage of letters depicting young Kenyans’ lives and the ways in which climate and environmental change has impacted it.

Hear from the American and Kenyan youth here:


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Take a look at some of the notes and artwork here:

Kenyan and American Youth on Climate 1

Kenyan and American Youth on Climate 2

Kenyan and American Youth on Climate 4

Kenyan and American Youth on Climate 3

Kalpen Modi is an Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement