Eco-Author Lynne Cherry Launches Young Voices for the Planet DVD at NAAEE Conference in Raleigh, NC Oct. 12-15

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Lynne Cherry, best-selling author and illustrator of such children’s classics as The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild, has produced and directed eight short documentary films which show that kids have the power to bring about change. Cherry is releasing a DVD of the films, Young Voices for the Planet, at the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) conference in Raleigh, NC, October 12-15, 2011. Films showcase the power of youth speaking out, creating solutions, leading the change.

Young Voices for the Planet DVD cover

These kids inspire us all to embrace the seriousness of climate change and other issues and take action to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes, schools and communities.

Lynne Cherry, best-selling author and illustrator of such children’s classics as The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild, has produced and directed eight short documentary films which show that kids have the power to bring about change. Cherry is releasing a DVD of the films, Young Voices for the Planet, at the North American Association for Environmental Education(NAAEE) conference in Raleigh, NC, October 12-15, 2011. Beautifully shot in high definition, the films are ideal for classroom inspiration. They are available for purchase from http://www.YoungVoicesForThePlanet.com.

The DVD introduces Cherry’s new movie Olivia’s Birds and the Oil Spill about 11-year old New York artist Olivia Bouler whose 500 bird paintings raised $200,000 for the National Audubon Society’s bird rescue efforts after BP’s 2010 oil spill. In addition, Team Marine students helped ban plastic bags in Santa Monica, CA; 11-year old Felix spearheaded the planting of one million trees in Germany; and Anya, a young Siberian citizen-scientist, worked with Woods Hole Research Center climate scientists collecting Arctic meltwater.

“Messages of gloom and doom elicit reactions of fear and hopelessness but the Young Voices for the Planet films focus on empowerment,” says Cherry. “Youth can inspire us all to embrace the seriousness of climate change and other issues and take action to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes, schools and communities. Just as they pressured us to stop smoking and littering, wear seat belts, and recycle, kids create change from the roots up.”

The films will be screened at NAAEE Thursday night at 9 p.m. and during Cherry's presentations that focus on integrating the films into STEM, ethics, and civic engagement. The films can also be viewed at the Young Voices for the Planet booth where Lynne will be signing copies of the new DVD and her children’s books --and raffling off a signed, pristine first-edition of The Great Kapok Tree!

Organizations such as Audubon, Earth Force, and GLOBE use Cherry’s film Dreaming in Green (four Florida middle school girls save their school $53,000 in energy costs) as the inspirational piece in their Energy Audit workshops and a Harvard professor shows Kids vs. Global Warming to his ethics classes. The films have been screened at the UN, the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen, and at numerous conferences, science centers, and museums.

Lynne Cherry is artist-in-residence at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, N.Y., and at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts.

Lynne Cherry Film Screenings, Workshops, Book Signings and Seminars at NAAEE:
Wednesday, October 12: 8:30-4:30 p.m.: Climate literacy workshop and 1-4:30 p.m. Using Film to…Empower Youth
Thursday, October 13: 9-9:30 p.m. – Film screening, RCC 305A
Friday, October 14: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Author’s Corner Lynne Cherry book-signing.
     2:15-2:55 p.m. seminar: Making Climate and Environmental Education through Films and Filmmaking, RCC 305A.
See also: http://www.LynneCherry.com; http://www.facebook.com/youngvoicesonclimatechange; Twitter:#youngclimate

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