This year several hundred students from across the Vancouver school district trekked to Windermere Secondary on Friday, November 30, 2012 for a climate-packed conference featuring guest speakers ranging from award-winning filmmaker, writer, comedian and activist Sean Devlin to indigenous community organizer and spiritual leader Rueben George.
The whole conference was organized by Windermere's Grade 11 Leadership students. It is a program that students say exposes them to all sorts of amazing opportunities.
"The leadership program really makes everyone feel like a family. We stay with the same group of students for a long period of time," says Sophie Yamauchi, a Grade 11 Windermere student. "I love the things we learn and the opportunities around skills development such as communications, event planning and public speaking."
This year's conference was attended by 200 students who attended eight workshops and three keynotes.
The aim of the "C3" climate change conference was to bring together youth from across the Lower Mainland in order to build a connection to the Canadian Youth Delegation in Doha, Qatar for the global climate change talks. During the conference, the teens explored a wide variety of topics and speakers, with workshops on Tankers and Pipelines, Agriculture and Climate Change, Fracking and First Nations and Climate Change. The entire conference was capped off with talks from MLA and Leader of the Official Opposition Adrian Dix and City Councillor Adrienne Carr.
The conference was made possible thanks to donations from Neighbourhood Small Grants and the Youth Philanthropy Group (among other sponsors). For more information about the conference, click here.