The mission of the Young Voices for the Planet film series is to to limit the magnitude of climate change and its impacts by empowering children and youth, through uplifting and inspiring success stories, to take an essential role in informing their communities — and society at large, challenging decision-makers, and catalyzing change.
We document youth speaking out, creating solutions and leading the change. These youth solutions to the climate crisis include stories of California kids banning plastic bags, Florida students saving their school $53,000 in energy costs, an 11-year-old German boy planting millions of trees and other young people changing laws, changing minds and changing society as they reduce the carbon footprint of their homes, schools and communities.
Starting on April 8, 2016, the Young Voices for the Planet films will reach an estimated 11 million viewers nationwide through distribution by American Public Television. APT provides thousands of hours of high-quality, top-rated, entertaining, educational and empowering programming to America’s 360+ public television stations.
Our beloved friend and colleague, world-renowned photojournalist Gary Braasch, died Monday March 7, 2016 while snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. He was documenting the effects of climate change induced coral bleaching.
Gary was the co-founder of Young Voices on Climate Change and co-producer of the Young Voices for the Planet films.
This is a profound loss not just to those of us who knew and loved Gary, but for all the world, for Gary Braasch was an indomitable, passionate climate change warrior who realized what was at stake if we humans do not reduce our carbon emissions.
View the trailer and get a glimpse of the great work being done by youth all over the world. Our award-winning movies, beautifully filmed in high definition, were produced by popular author/illustrator/filmmaker Lynne Cherry with a team of award-winning producers, cinematographers and editors.