As a mother and a campaigner for climate change and clean energy, nothing gives me more satisfaction than seeing young people learning how to keep our Earth safe and sustainable. Thanks to SUCCESS's Youth Leadership Millennium program, I have been able to witness this first-hand.
Close to two dozen young leaders from SUCCESS's YLM Bronze program joined David Suzuki and Tara Cullis at our Vancouver office to show off what they had learned about renewable energy from the DSF Climate Team. The result was much more than we expected!
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This marks the first time DSF has joined forces with SUCCESS's YLM to host a beginner's program on sustainable environment. The YLM program focuses on personal and leadership development as well as community awareness and community initiatives. To that end, the DSF climate team worked closely with YLM organizers to put together a three-session program on climate change and solutions.
In mid-July, DSF senior co-ordinator Ryan Kadowaki spoke about climate change to the youth leaders , who range from 15 to 18 years old, at SUCCESS's Chinatown office.
In our second session, DSF energy policy analyst Tyler Bryant shared his knowledge on energy options with the youth leaders.
The last session of our YLM climate program took place at our Vancouver office where youth leaders were invited to make their renewable energy presentations over pizza. The four clean-energy choices picked by the youth groups included wind, solar, hydro and ocean.
Our judges, DSF Climate Change and Clean Energy program team lead Ian Bruce, senior co-ordinator Ryan Kadowaki and campaigner Harpreet Johal, had a tough time deliberating and ended up calling it a tie!
Ian Bruce admits that judging the presentations was fun but tough because the youth leaders did such a fabulous job on their presentations. "I am really impressed by the amount of research the students have put into their presentations," he said.
Apart from hard work, a great deal of creativity went into the four presentations. At the end of the day, two teams won the hearts of the DSF judges: wind power and ocean energy.
The youth leaders will meet again with DSF judges in January for their graduation ceremony. DSF will present each youth leader with a special David Suzuki certificate.
To learn more about what the Youth Leadership Millennium leaders are up to, follow them on Twitter: @successylm