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BROOMFIELD, CO – AUGUST 28, 2019: Joe Neguse, U.S. Representative for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, hosted Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in Broomfield for a policy discussion on affordable health care. Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway was also there. (Photo by Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
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Students in Boulder are leading a youth climate summit from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., with U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse set to speak to young people who turn out for the event.

“Climate action calls for leadership from all of us. Current policymakers aren’t the ones who will face the biggest impacts. We are,” Barclay Shove, a senior at Fairview High School and co-organizer of the summit, stated in a city news release. “That’s why we think it is important to engage young people in the conversation about impactful solutions. Teens have great ideas. We want to hear them.”

Marlow Baines, a Boulder high school senior who serves as co-youth director for advocacy group Earth Guardians, and Jonathan Koehn of the city’s Climate Initiatives Department are also set to speak.

Following presentations and a question-and-answer session, participants will be invited to brainstorming workshops meant to find solutions that would best impact the climate crisis and would be likely to be supported by young people, the news release said.

It is a free event and will include food and giveaways. Participants 13 and older are welcome.

RSVPs are not required to attend, but the Boulder Youth Opportunities Advisory Board is asking that individuals who plan to participate register in advance to help for planning purposes. Sign up at boulderyouthsummit.eventbrite.com.

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