Youth today are creative and successful in reducing CO2 emissions. They are implementing projects, garnering support from scientists, teachers, parents and peers, reducing greenhouse gases…demonstrating that conservation CAN work! Kids have power!
Miami, FL (PRWEB) October 19, 2011
Youth empowering other youth is the focus of a youth panel "Kids These Days…Looking Out for Their Own Future" at 9 a.m. Saturday, October 22 at the Society of Environmental Journalists conference in Miami, FL. The SEJ conference, which runs from Oct 18-23, will bring together over 1000 environmental journalists – the largest such gathering in the world.
The Kids These Days panel is hosted and moderated by Lynne Cherry, author and illustrator of such best-selling inspirational children’s books as The Great Kapok Tree and A River Ran Wild. Cherry is also producer and director of the newly-released Young Voices for the Planet DVD—a short-film series that documents youth worldwide successfully ‘taking the reins’ to save energy, develop alternative energy sources, reduce marine debris, save wildlife, and save themselves.
The panelists include Sean Russell, founder and director of the youth-driven, marine debris prevention effort, “Stow It - Don’t Throw It.” Sean is organizing a youth conference in Sarasota, FL. Several panelists will discuss how they reduced the carbon footprints of their schools. Gainesville, FL-based Erich Christian tested biodiesel he made from cooking oils, convinced his school to start using it, and successfully worked to pass legislation to allow schools to make and use biodiesel.
Several of the teen panelists are featured in the Young Voices for the Planet films. In Dreaming in Green, Maddi Cowan tells us that of all the coastal cities in the world, Miami will suffer the greatest economic loss due to climate-change-induced sea level rise. Maddi and fellow panelist Larissa Weinstein, while students at George Washington Carver Middle School in Coral Gables, FL, conducted an energy audit and reduced their school’s energy use by $53,000.
Cherry’s film Green Ambassadors documents panelist Jordan Howard ‘s efforts at Environmental Charter High School near Los Angeles, CA, to dramatically reduce food waste, develop an organic garden, and plant fruit trees at school and in the community. Jordan is the author of “Green My Parents” and works with the National Wildlife Federation on their Eco-School Program.
“Youth today are creative and successful in reducing CO2 emissions,” says Cherry. “They are implementing projects, garnering support from scientists, teachers, parents and peers, reducing greenhouse gases…demonstrating that conservation CAN work! Kids have power!”
Cherry’s short film series is available on DVD at http://www.YoungVoicesforthePlanet.com. The movies are ideal for classrooms, workshops, science centers and museums. These replicable success stories allow young voices to be heard and inspire youth action – the best antidote to fear.