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:
Take a look at some of the notes and artwork here:
Kalpen Modi is an Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement