Photo: Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit 2012

By Winnie Hwo, Climate Change Campaigner

With a population of close to 200,000, the city of Richmond is not only one of the fastest growing cities in Metro Vancouver, it is also the most ethnically and culturally diverse municipality in Canada.

According to 2006 Census, 57.4 per cent of Richmond's population is made up of immigrants, with the majority from Chinese descent. Richmond's "Asian Mall" district—which spans from No. 3 Road in the west to Garden City in the east, and Cambie Road in the north to Granville Road in the south—is often dubbed Metro Vancouver's Chinatown South.

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But if you have taken the Canada Line to Richmond lately, you would have noticed that Richmond is much more than Chinatown South. The David Suzuki Foundation's Climate Team learned this firsthand when we joined Richmond School District last spring for the Elementary School Science Jam. The three-hour experience taught us that Richmond is a truly culturally diverse city. Our team was able to chat and share our take on climate change and the Foundation's work with children and their parents and grandparents from almost all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

We had Sikh kids asking us how old David Suzuki was. We also had Spanish and Shanghainese-speaking grandparents telling us they have seen The Nature of Things on television.

This year, the David Suzuki Foundation will join the City of Richmond and the Richmond School District as a full partner in the Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit, also dubbed the REaDY Summit 2012. The four-hour event will take place at Steveston-London Secondary, a LEED candidate building, on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

As a full partner, the David Suzuki Foundation will start the day with CEO Peter Robinson giving the keynote speech at the opening ceremony. DSF's Sustainable Seafood Team will host a presentation at the auditorium for a 45-minute session on sustainable seafood and a cooking demonstration. The super workshop will be followed by the Climate Team's Transportation Talk and Climate Quiz.

For a more intimate experience, sign up for David Suzuki's Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter's double classroom workshop. Learn how to make nontoxic laundry soap and hear tips on green living!

Live in harmony with nature. Join environmental economist and policy analyst Michelle Molnar's workshop on putting a price tag on nature.

For the Chinese-speaking audience, the REaDY Summit has also set up two workshops. Todd Ye, news director for Fairchild Television, who is himself an immigrant from Beijing, will share DSF's 10 Ways to Stop Climate Change with a Mandarin-speaking audience.



For the Cantonese workshop, Arthur Lo, builder of zero-emission homes, will share the benefits of applying green designs for an energy-efficient home. For more information on the Richmond Earth Day Youth (REaDY)Summit, visit the Facebook page or reserve your ticket (To sign up for the events and to participate in the logo contest, you need to be a resident of Richmond.)

February 8, 2012

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Feb 29, 2012
7:34 PM

Friends of the Richmond Archives are looking forward to participating in the Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit — sharing information about the past to help plan for the future.

Feb 16, 2012
7:00 AM

I would like further information on how to get newcomer families that have arrived into Canada. I am a settlement worker and I work with newcomer students and their families in the community of Leamington, Ontario. I would like to introduce the newcomer students that Earth Day is Important Everyday!! Please forward any information that you may have on Going GREEEN!! and will you be doing the Earth Day Summit in the Province of Ontario in the near future??

Thank you for your time,


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