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Special! Katie Morgan and Gina Fiorile

This episode features Katie O’Reilly Morgan and Gina Fiorile of The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York.


Katie O’Reilly Morgan (Youth Climate Program Coordinator) and Gina Fiorile (Youth Engagement Strategist and current UVM student) work for The Wild Center (The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks) in Tupper Lake NY with the Youth Climate Initiative. The Youth Climate Initiative was born out of a student desire for youth involvement in the Climate Change conversation and impacts in the Adirondacks. This led to the creation of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, a 2-day experience where teams of students from area schools come together at The Wild Center to listen and learn from experts in the field through hands-on workshops and plenaries.

After which they come back together in their teams to create Climate Action Plans to bring back and implement in their schools and communities. Now in its 8th year, the summit has become an annual event and grown into a year-round program to better support student climate action. With the success of the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit, The Wild Center has been able to share our experience and summit framework with other organizations and schools to develop Youth Climate Summits across the country and world in places such as Finland, Vermont, Detroit, Seattle, and the Catskills region of NY.

This has led to regional recognition by three village board communities in the Adirondacks and by the Adirondack Park Agency for outstanding work by the Adirondack Youth Climate Initiative. As well as national recognition by The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Climate Education and Literacy Initiative. Inclusion at the climate talks (UN COP21) in Paris, and a National Green Schools Sustainability Award for an Outstanding Environmental Education Program with a Proven Track Record of 5 or more years.



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For more information on The Wild Center and the Youth Climate Initiative see the following links:


Twitter: @ADKYouthSummit

Want a better feel for the summit experience?  Watch this video:


Episode 5: Samuel Mukwa Kloetstra

In Episode 5, Sam Mukwa Kloestra is interviewed. Same was on an incredible team of student researchers that included Trisha Loon, Kaylan Innes and Curtis Dobson. Their research findings helped build the community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in their school and beyond.



Sam Mukwa Kloetstra is an Anishinaabe youth from Mattagami First Nation. Throughout high school, he has worked with the Ministry of Education’s Student as Researchers program to better understand how he can make his school a place First Nation, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) youth feel comfortable and safe in. He also sat on the Minister’s Student Advisory Council Cohort 5 where he gave his input on how Ontario’s education system can further benefit FNMI students in their studies. Sam now sits on the Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunity as well as many community councils and boards. He is currently living in Toronto where he has taken an active role in building the urban Indigenous community.

In this podcast, we catch up with Sam and find out more about the Toronto Indigenous Health Centre Advisory Circle which he also discussed in this podcast with Matt Galloway.




You can listen to episode 5 featuring Sam Mukwa Kloestra here:

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Special thanks to the original team for this episode:

  • Host: Jean Courtney
  • Post-sound production: Andy Berthiaume, 
  • Graphic and digital media support: Joie Li,

Dispatch from Down Under by Judy Walton

“Through the graciousness of Roger Holdsworth, I had the most amazing last two days. Here is my blog post on SV.” Judy Walton