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For the second year, the David Suzuki Foundation is partnering with the City of Richmond and the Richmond School District to host the popular annual REaDY Summit event on Saturday April 20th.

By Winnie Hwo, Public Engagement and Communications Specialist

If you think the theme of this year's Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit rings a bell, maybe it's because it does! The focus of the REaDY Summit 2013 is "connecting with nature; connecting with each other", and that's also an ongoing theme of the David Suzuki Foundation's work.

For the second year, the Foundation is partnering with the City of Richmond and the Richmond School District to host the popular annual REaDY Summit event. Like last year, the three-and-a-half hour connect-and-learn will take place at Steveston London Secondary School, 6600 Williams Road, Richmond. Admission is free. If you have not registered yet, you can register on-site on Saturday morning.

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According to a David Suzuki Foundation survey released last year, "Youth Engagement with Nature and Outdoors", 70 per cent of Canadian youth spend an hour or less outside each day. The survey also found that young people who spend time outside when they are young are 20 per cent more likely to explore nature on their own when they are older. There are huge health and social benefits when we are connected with nature and each other. The topic is near and dear to this year's keynote speaker, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki.

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Sarika is a PhD student at the University of York in the U.K., focusing on the effects of human-caused noise on fish along the B.C. coast. You may also have guessed that she is the youngest daughter of David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Apart from finishing her academic commitment, Sarika is making connections with nature and people through her work in environmental media. Sarika joined David in the CBC series "The Suzuki Diaries" and shared her master's thesis on global fisheries at the United Nations, where she unveiled the shocking state of the high seas.

The Saturday event will also showcase DSF's Queen of Green, Tovah Paglaro, and our famed sustainable seafood ambassador and chef Ian Lai.

DSF public engagement specialists Sophika Kostyniuk and Shannon Moore will each host a workshop to share their passion for making the best choices when choosing sustainable seafood and connecting with nature. The Summit will wrap up with a call to action to take part in the Canada's 30×30 Nature Challenge.

Find more information on the REaDY Summit Facebook page!

April 19, 2013
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