“If you adults won’t do something about global climate change, then we kids are going to take the reins.” In a nutshell, this is the message behind Lynne Cherry’s film series “Young Voices on Climate Change.” Lynne, a well-known children's book author and illustrator who has published more than 30 award-winning books on the environment, collaborated with young people across the globe, each of whom made their own contribution to raising awareness about global climate change and the protection of the planet. The film shorts feature young people speaking directly about their concerns, their knowledge and their actions to combat global climate change. They demonstrate that children have the potential to galvanize the public, both adults and kids alike, and create a sea change in the way that societies view – and can act to abate – global warming. Each film is three to five minutes long and features children from Siberia to San Francisco, and beyond.

The films were made on a not-for-profit basis and relied on the generosity and help of a several notable supporters. In addition to the support of the National Wildlife Federation and the Woods Hole Research Center, Washington, D.C., partner Norm St. Landau, who provided pro bono intellectual property counsel, including helping to license creative content for the films, is credited in each short as “consulting producer.” The firm is also thanked for providing legal counsel.

Six of the films have been completed and were shown at The American Museum of Natural History in New York, as well as at a number of venues in Copenhagen during the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference. The films also will be featured as part of “Climate Change in Our World,” an exhibit by the acclaimed nature photographer Gary Braasch, who with Lynne co-wrote About Our Changing Climate, the book that inspired the films. The exhibit is at AAAS in Washington, D.C., March 15, 2010. Lynne will present the Paul F. Brandwein Lecture at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Philadelphia, March 20,2010. Her lecture, “Young Voices on Climate Change: Empowered and Inspired Youth Find Global-Warming Solutions,” will include several of the film shorts. .

To see a trailer on the films, click here.

To see the Girl Scouts short click here, and the Team Marine short, click here.