Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit celebrates the Fraser River with David Suzuki
"Richmond is helping foster a new generation of leaders by partnering in this unique, youth-led program", said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. "Through engaging speakers and fun workshops, the Richmond Earth Day Youth Summit will allow youth of all ages to learn from environmental stewardship and sustainability experts."
The keynote speaker for the 2014 REaDY Summit is David Suzuki, an award-winning scientist, author and broadcaster, who is also a long-time environmental activist.
This year's summit theme is We Are the Fraser, to celebrate the Fraser River and its estuary. All of Richmond's watercourses eventually enter the Fraser River, and its estuary is one of the largest along the west coast of North America. The Fraser River estuary is a globally significant ecosystem and contains rich habitats for many species of fish and wildlife. The river and its marshes have sustained many cultures that have settled in Richmond over the years, including the Musqueam First Nation. As a new element for this year, indigenous views on environmental sustainability will be integrated into the summit.
Numerous environmental leaders have been lined up to host various workshops. They will share their knowledge and passion on topics such as connecting with nature, sustainable seafood and local food, and natural gardening. Featured presenters include Arran and Jyoti Stephens of Nature's Path Foods, celebrated palaeontologist Scoot Sampson, sustainable seafood chef Ian Lai and many experts from the David Suzuki Foundation.
All Richmond youth are encourages to register and participate in the workshops.
The 3rd annual REaDY Summit was created through a partnership between the City of Richmond, Richmond School District, David Suzuki Foundation and, new for 2014, Musqueam First Nation. The event is sponsored by Vancity, Harvest Power and Nature's Path Foods. Audio/visual support is provided by Cisco.
For more information on the 2014 REaDY Summit, please visit www.readysummit.ca, www.facebook.com/readysummit or follow @REaDYSummit on Twitter.