What Was It All About?
More than 120 Grade 11 students from four high schools in Vernon, BC created climate-action projects to support the City’s 2021 Climate Action Plan and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. More than 30 projects were displayed and judged at the Vernon Youth Climate Action Summit May 31st, 2022.
Attendees also heard inspirational stories from youth activist speakers Lilah Williamson (co-founder of Sustainabiliteens), Brady Roger (co-founder of The Rogerie) and social worker Jocelyn Lynett (co-founder of Kelowna Climate Café) about climate activism, climate justice, climate anxiety, and eco-entrepreneurship.
FOF is pleased and proud to have coached students about community sustainability, community engagement, project planning, and event design and delivery.
Here’s what community leaders said about the summit:
Dr. Christine Perkins, SDF22 Superintendent
“I encourage all those who missed this year to jump on board, especially sponsors, if you missed year one. The students came up with 32 projects in support of the Climate Action Plan and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We need to keep empowering our youth. They have great ideas.”
Brian Quiring, Vernon City Councillor
“We are so impressed by the vision, commitment, and enormous community support that made this unique learning opportunity possible. We feel tremendous pride in the outstanding efforts of all the participating students, and the wide range of practical solutions that meet the goals of Vernon’s Climate Action Plan.”
Sid Kwakkel, Judge & Sponsor
“We were all so pleased to be part of the event, and that the students’ projects were of such quality that the judges had difficulty selecting a winner. The projects showcased the students’ knowledge and creativity, and highlighted their ability to take the problem of Climate Change and break it down into small practical solutions.”