Our children today are facing the challenges of a warming world head on. They have a right to understand the realities of the climate crisis and what it means for them – and so, the adults in their lives have a responsibility to provide that knowledge as best they can. Join us as Harriet Shugarman, climate educator, economist and author of the 2020 book, How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, Turning Angst into Action, shares her unique insights and some best practices for having these meaningful conversations.
Selected as a 2020 New York City Climate Hero and a 2019 featured speaker at the Global Engagement Summit at United Nations Headquarters, Harriet Shugarman is an influencer and connector in the climate movement. Harriet is the Executive Director of ClimateMama, an on-line community that reaches individuals in over 110 countries and all 50 states. As a leader and mentor with The Climate Reality Project, Harriet established the Climate Reality New York City Metro Chapter, serving as its first chair. She was the recipient of the prestigious Climate Reality 2017 Green Ring Award and is also profiled in former US Vice President Al Gore’s 2017 book: “An Inconvenient Sequel, Truth to Power.” Harriet’s writing and thought pieces on climate solutions appear in international, national and regional publications on-line and in print. Harriet’s new book: “How to talk to Your Kids About Climate Change, Turning Angst to Action” was published in May 2020. Harriet has worked for more than 25 years with governments, international organizations, and educational institutions on climate and sustainability issues as an economist, policy analyst, informal educator and adjunct professor including 13 years with the International Monetary Fund as a representative of the IMF at the United Nations. Harriet serves on numerous boards that address climate, public policy, youth, gender and justice, including as Board Chair of Young Voices for the Planet.
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