More than 500 people from Richmond and other Metro Vancouver communities celebrated Earth Day and shared their vision for the future at the Earth Day Youth Summit on April 21, 2012. The four-hour conference, hosted by Steveston-London Secondary School, was more than just a way to celebrate the 42nd Earth Day, it was also a time for REaDY Summit participants to learn and talk about what the future holds for our environment. Their conclusion — the Earth is in worse shape today than 42 years ago and the time to take action is now!
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Students and parents joined DSF Climate Change and Clean Energy Team Lead Ian Bruce to learn what a sustainable neighbourhood and transportation future should look like.
...and how to make non-toxic soap with Lindsay Coulter, DSF's Queen of Green...
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie opened the Summit with encouraging words for citizens of Richmond, one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Metro Vancouver. He also noted how far the City of Richmond has come in terms of incorporating a vibrant sustainable agenda in city policies.
Participants also got a chance to hear the personal story of keynote speaker Peter Robinson, CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation.
Robinson described his current role as the head of Canada's best-known and trusted environmental organization, the David Suzuki Foundation, as "having come full circle." Robinson grew up in North Vancouver. Unlike some young people who wanted to be doctors or firefighters, Robinson wanted to be a park ranger. He did and was even decorated for bravery by the Governor-General of Canada. Before he joined the DSF, he also led B.C. Housing, a provincial Crown corporation, and the Mountain Equipment Co-op. Robinson said his experience in the private and public sectors provided him with a fresh perspective on the environmental movement.