Canaan Siblings Head To Chicago to Train  As Climate Leaders

Samantha Tracey  and Lincoln Tracey, of Canaan, will be attending the Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps Training in Chicago this summer. (Audrey Depelteau photograph)

Samantha Tracey and Lincoln Tracey, of Canaan, will be attending the Climate Change Reality Leadership Corps Training in Chicago this summer. (Audrey Depelteau photograph)

Canaan — Canaan teenagers Samantha Tracey and Lincoln Tracey will be among about 800 people attending the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Chicago this summer.

Former Vice President Al Gore will spearhead the three-day program, which will include the latest climate change science; communication strategies; and community outreach, leadership, and organization skills.

Samantha is a rising junior at Mascoma Valley Regional High School, and Lincoln is a rising eighth-grader at Indian River School. They live with their mother, Kimberly Depelteau Tracey.

Only a small percentage of those enrolled in the training are under age 18, said Audrey Depelteau, Samantha and Lincoln’s aunt, who will also attend the event.

Participants commit to making 10 presentations over the coming year, said Depelteau, a resident of Johnson City, Tenn. “They want a grassroots community to go out there and teach about the science behind climate change.”

She and Lincoln are scheduled to talk at a public library in Johnson City next month. “It’s geared to students,” but parents are also invited to come along, she said.

The Chicago program expects to have an international presence; a recent training in Istanbul, Turkey, drew participants from more than 77 countries, Depelteau said in an email. — Aimee Caruso