GENERATION GREEN 2021

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What is Generation Green?

Generation Green is designed by youth for youth, with 55 youth stakeholders and 3 youth mentors, our goal is to help students reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in our community and support you in becoming climate leaders in our community.

This year’s event is exclusive to students in Grades 7 -12 from the Halton District School Board.

The program consists of:

  • A Virtual Conference – a Field Trip for students in Grades 7-12 from the HDSB on March 10th from 1-4 pm
  • An optional 6-week project* with a Launch Event on March 11th at 6 pm
  • Weekly webinars to support students in their projects
  • Engaging events and webinars during Spring Break in April
  • A wrap-up event in May, with prizes!

*This project is an opportunity for students to take what they learn at the conference and apply it to their day-to-day lives to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. They will also have the opportunity to earn 20 community involvement hours from HEN upon completion. This will be available on March 15th. 

Youth Conference: 2021

The 2021 Generation Green Virtual Youth Conference is designed by youth for youth, with the goal of engaging students in climate justice and supporting them in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in order to drive change and action in our communities.This year’s event is exclusive to students in Grades 7-12 from the Halton District School Board. The Virtual Conference will be a field trip for the registered students.

At its heart, climate action is about caring for all people and our planet. Using the knowledge and understanding of climate action, we are building connections with those who are most affected by the climate crisis in order to provide deeper context to the global climate movement.

Taking place on March 10th in the afternoon, the virtual HDSB field trip will feature a panel of climate leaders, a keynote, and breakout sessions.

For more information about the panelists and keynote, see below.

Additional sessions and activities will be launched during Spring Break in April to continue inspiring action! When you register for the March 10th Conference Field Trip, you will have access to the Spring Break events as well!

Youth Conference 2021 (HDSB Field Trip)

Here’s how to register for the March 10th Field Trip:

The conference is being hosted on Pheedloop.  Here are the steps:
 
Step 1 – Staff will distribute the Permission Form to interested students. Download your permission form here to submit to your school!
Step 2 – Complete the Permission Form with parent/guardian signature, and submit it by March 1st to your school (teachers can accept the forms)
Having problems? Email info@haltonenvironment.ca
Step 3 – On March 5th, You will receive a login/password from HDSB staff.
Step 4 – On March 10th, you attend the conference!
Registered students will be marked as “Excused” in Trillium.
**Students are expected to log in to the conference from their homes, and all activities will be virtual!
 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out at info@haltonenvironment.ca

The Project (HEN Community Involvement Hours opportunity)

After the field trip, HDSB students are encouraged to take on a project to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This project is an opportunity for students to take what they learn at the conference and apply it to their day-to-day lives. They will be asked to track and measure their impact and report back in April.

A wrap-up event is planned for May to share impact and award prizes!

HDSB students in Grades 9-12 will also have the opportunity to earn 20 community involvement hours from HEN upon completion.

If you are interested in doing a project, but can’t attend the virtual field trip, you can still participate! Join us March 11th at 6 pm for the Project Launch session, where you can learn more and gain full access to the conference, speakers and resources.

All HDSB students in Grades 7-12 who wish to do a project must register to attend the Project Launch session being held March 11th at 6 pm at bit.ly/gengreenlaunch or sign up in the adjacent Eventbrite window!

Get tickets for March 11th and to sign up to complete the Project here:

Key Note Speaker

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti is a passionate environmentalist, the fourth recipient of Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award, Sustainability and Social Impact analyst at Sustainable Square, Full member of the Greenbelt Movement, and I have also recently been shortlisted as a regional finalist for Africa competing for the UN Young Champions of the Earth Prize 2019.

She is the founder of Green Generation Initiative @GGI_Kenya and an award-winning environmental blogger. She has also recently graduated from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development.

Panelists

Ashneil Jeffers

I’m Ash, an Environmentalist and Businessman from Montserrat, in the Caribbean. I’ve been learning a lot about the environment over the last few years, and really understanding how Climate Change has affected my life since I was born, and much longer before that. Honestly, things aren’t looking good, but not much people can really comprehend a threat like this. I’m here to do what I can to help people educate themselves more, and to try my hardest to make sure my little islands survives long enough for my grandchildren to see it around…hopefully

Marinel Sumook Ubaldo

Marinel is a Registered Social Worker, and one of the Founders of Youth Leaders Environmental Action Federation. She is the Ecological Justice Campaign Coordinator of Living Laudato Si’ Philippines. She is an advocate for climate and the environment, she has been actively involved in educating communities- especially, the youth and children- about climate change and the roles they can take to adapt and mitigate to its effects. She has spoken to world leaders on behalf of Filipinos during the opening of the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris and in UNFCCC COP 25 in Madrid. She is a petitioner and has acted as a Resource Person during the Climate Justice Liability Public Hearing during the Climate Week in New York USA last September 2018. She has recently been trained by former US Vice-President Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader, and she continues to tell her story in the global platform aiming to shed light on the reality of climate change, and the urgency for world leaders to keep their climate commitments and for the rest of the world to act on it.   

Tina Yeonju Oh

Tina Yeonju Oh is a Korean immigrant that grew up in amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta), where it took her family 13 years to gain permanent residency status. She is climate campaigner and a migrant justice organizer for No One is Illegal-Halifax/Kjipuktuk and a master’s candidate at Dalhousie University. Tina is a former member of the Canadian Youth Delegation to three United Nations climate change negotiations —where she and a team of young people advocated for climate reparations, international solidarity and justice. Tina was featured by the CBC as “13 Canadian environmentalists and innovators changing Earth for the better”; named Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 by Starfish Canada; and is recipient of the 2018 Brower Youth Award.

 

The 6 Week Project

In order to make this process as easy as possible, students will have full support from the Halton Environmental Network. Students will also have access to several resources, webinars

The Halton Environmental staff will be following up to provide guidance and support. and an opportunity for face to face virtual meetings.

We will be adding in a Project Proposal Form to submit your project to Halton Environmental Network. All students will receive 20 community service hours for completing the project.

For the 6 weeks following the Project Launch, there will be weekly, after-school sessions held to assist students with their projects, including guest speakers and engaging activities.

What else is Generation Green up to?

Generation Green 2021 Stakeholders Participate in the Halton District School Board (HDSB) Human Rights Symposium

WHAT IS THE HALTON DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD (HDSB) HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM?

Human Rights is the work and responsibility of all members of society. The HDSB recognizes the importance of bringing education and community partners together to engage in vital conversations to challenge our thinking. The Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity for educators and community partners to examine important issues impacted by equality and the human condition.

This year generation Green Stakeholders took part in their discussion ‘Climate Justice and My Future’. Thanks to Julia, Hannah, Rida and Daisy for sharing their voice and for Suha for moderating.Check out the full discussion in the video

Contact Us

For any questions, comments, or concerns, you are encouraged to contact Katrine Handley-Derry, Afreen Ghouse, Riley MacArthur or Georgia Wiggins at the contact information below. They will be the primary points of contact for students and will be available to support students throughout the implementation of their initiatives.

Katrine Handley-Derry, Youth Co-ordinator. 

katrine@haltonenvironment.ca

Katrine Handley-Derry graduated from the University of Toronto with a master’s in environmental science, following undergraduate studies in Ecology and Film. Her passion is exploring how film can change people’s perceptions. Katrine produces promotional videos and promotion material. With her passion for engaging audiences, she traveled and lived abroad, developing my language skills in both French and Spanish. Outside of her academic and professional career, she is a landscape painter.

Afreen Ghouse

 

afreen@haltonenvironment.ca

 

Afreen obtained a B.Sc. in Biology, with a minor in Psychology. Afreen aspires to be an advocate for the younger generation and provide them with the voice & necessary tools for climate action change. Fiercely passionate in raising awareness for our deteriorating Earth, she is determined to motivate all who will listen to put on your eco-hat, and let us sprint together to create the universal change needed for a sustainable future. Utilizing her strength in creativity and event planning, she hopes to engage communities in an interactive way to promote this message and educate others. At HEN she led the 100 Debates on the Environment for 5 Halton ridings, aided in the Generation Green program for 200 students to create their own GHG reductive projects, ran the Pop-Up Clean-Ups program, and is in charge of volunteer management.

Riley MacArthur, Assistant Project Co-ordinator 

 riley@haltonenvironment.ca

Riley is currently doing her undergraduate degree in Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her passions include conservation ecology, learning about the natural environment and understanding sustainability efforts globally and locally. She has worked at a greenhouse & nursery for the past two years where she learned about native Ontario plants and how they help ecosystems in Ontario. Growing up, she travelled around North America with her family camping and enjoying nature. As a result of this, she has chosen to have a career in preserving the natural environment she loves. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, travelling, gardening, and playing soccer.

Georgia Wiggins, Assisant Project Co-odinator.

georgia@haltonenvironment.ca

Georgia is in her second year pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, majoring in Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her studies focus on environmental sustainability including climate change, environmental policy, and ecology. With a strong personal passion for sustainable fashion, she enjoys upcycling clothing to give garments a second life and divert textile waste from landfills.She is very passionate about current environmental challenges and is interested in finding innovative solutions to these problems. 

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