HBRF Co-Hosts NH Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg with student panelists 
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Days before the New Hampshire primary, the first-of-its-kind day-long event with 2020 presidential candidates elevated the climate conversation at a crucial decision point.

On February 5, 2020, the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation—along with the Revers Center for Energy and the Center for Business, Government and Society at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Stonyfield Organic—co-hosted the innaugural NH Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall.
 
During this public event at the Bank of New Hampshire Stage in Concord, six presidential candidates and two surrogates each spent 45 minutes sharing their climate and clean energy plans and answering questions from environmental science and energy students from high schools, colleges, and universities across the state.
 
Here’s a quick run-down of how the day went.
 
HBRF Executive Director Anthea Lavallee, and Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study Co-Founder Dr. Gene E. Likens opened the event by sharing their experiences of Hubbard Brook's inter-generational community and history of science-to-policy success.
 
Presidential Candidates (in order of appearance)
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Governor Bill Weld, Governor Deval Patrick, Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer
 
Candidate Surrogates
Varshini Prakash for Senator Bernie Sanders, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson for Senator Elizabeth Warren
 
Student Panelists
Kathryn Bennett, Isabel Boettcher, Saskia Braden, Catherine Bregou, Beatrice Burack, Chris Callahan, Jedidiah Crook, Sadie DiCarlo, Natalie Dokken, Katelyn Fournier, Hannah Gaudet, Olivia Gresham, Caitlyn Hatzell, Ashley Lang, Casey McGuire, Melina Sánchez Montañés, Clarice Perryman, Laura Walk, Alex Wood, Kevin Yuan
 
Student Panelists’ Schools
Antioch University New England, Dartmouth College, Hanover High School, Keene State College, Phillips Exeter Academy, Plymouth State University, University of New Hampshire
 
Moderators
Alden Meyer, Union of Concerned Scientists, Henry Herndon, Clean Energy NH, Tiernan Sittenfeld, League of Conservation Voters
 
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Student panelists Ashley Lang, Melina Sánchez Montañés, and Olivia Gresham chat with Varshini Prakash
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“It was an incredible experience to speak with policy-makers about our worries for the future and how climate change has already begun to affect our lives. I have hope that the event brought this issue to the forefront of the candidates’ minds and reminded them that young voters will be prioritizing climate change in the primary. ”
—Ashley Lang, PhD candidate, Dartmouth College, and Hubbard Brook researcher

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Senator Amy Klobuchar with student panelists
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“These are literally the best questions I’ve ever had at a forum. Maybe we should just take you guys on the road to all the presidential forums!”
Senator Amy Klobuchar

Selected Press

Voters Seek Leadership On Climate Change At Forum With 2020 Candidates
New Hampshire Public Radio

Democratic Presidential Candidates Attend NH Youth Climate Forum
 
Presidential Primary Candidates Talk Climate In New Hampshire
 
Buttigieg, Klobuchar and several others speak at a climate forum
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John Smitka, Lee Spilbor, Gene Likens, Anthea Lavallee, April Salas, and Roger Stephenson with Governor Bill Weld
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Can't get enough of the climate action?
 
An archived version of the live-stream is available here.
 
The Tuck School of Business and the Union of Concerned Scientists have excellent write-ups of the event.