Seattle Youth Climate Action Network

Community Based

Seattle Youth Climate Action Network (CAN) was launched in January 2015 with initial funding from The Ocean Project. In year one, Woodland Park Zoo is partnering with teen programs at Seattle Aquarium and Pacific Science Center and working with a variety of community partners including Forterra, Seattle City Light, Climate Solutions and King County Metro.

Led by WPZ, Seattle Youth CAN currently has 100+ teens participating in action events, trainings and monthly climate literacy events. In year one a teen leadership group planned events at each institution, developed and launched a teen transportation challenge and planned and led the first Seattle Youth Climate Action Summit at the Woodland Park Zoo on October 10th 2015.



2015 Goals:

• To build a network of youth, starting with ZooCorps, Pacific Science Center’s Discovery Corps and Seattle Aquarium’s Youth Ocean Advocates

• To provide ongoing opportunities for teens to deepen their understanding of climate change and take collective action

• To connect youth with local leaders in climate action and sustainability

• To develop and launch a teen-led climate action campaign

• To host a Youth Climate Action Summit and invite other teens from the area to join the network

"Fighting Climate Change is a BIG deal." 

Christopher Yu, 18 YO, Founding teen leader, Seattle Youth CAN


High Level Impact: 

We have engaged 100+ teens in the Seattle area in year one of this new initiative and plan to reach out to the broader teen population in Seattle to increase participation in 2016. Each of the founding institutions have hosted multiple climate change events for teens. We are currently partnering with a range of local non-profit groups and public agencies to engage youth in activities and actions that address climate change and allow teens to take the lead on local action and solutions.

Point of Contact: 

Eli Weiss

Woodland Park Zoo