Teens chip in to fight climate change

As many as 200 Marin County teenagers will get to work on a climate change project after the county secured an educational grant, county officials said.

The $28,900 Whale Tail grant will pay for the county’s Youth Exploring Sea-Level Rise Science project that begins in April. Teenagers will be able to create and share a science curriculum on climate change, sea-level rise, mapping and data collection, county officials said.

The project is meant to serve as a model for other Bay Area communities seeking to address concerns about rising seas. At Redwood High School in Larkspur students have photographed the impacts of king tides, the highest tides of the year.

King tides provide a preview of potential future average water levels.

County planning manager Jack Liebster said in a statement:

“It is particularly important for us to engage young people in this work.”

That’s because young people, their children and grandchildren will be inheriting the problem, Liebster said.

The total budget for the project is $48,500 and about 150 to 200 students and about 25 researchers and planners will work on the project between this April and June of next year.