At our pre-launch event in Winnipeg for our Communicators Leadership Camp on Climate Change (in Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay) and Polar Bear Conservation with Polar Bears International, education manager Agnes Kovacs and I were joined by 17 other attendees and given a send-off pep talk by by the teens and young adult members of the Manitoba Arctic Ambassador Network (MAAN), a group of past graduates of PBI Leadership Camp. (A CZS Youth Volunteer Corp graduate Katie Billing attended the same camp in 2008.)
Here is what we learned from them and also blogged on the PBI site here:
You are going to be tasked with changing the world—but it is not that daunting because you can do it one action at a time. They then provided a variety of projects that they have completed, individually and as a team.
We also heard from Frontiers North's Tundra Buggy Adventures and the Four Points Sheraton about how they are taking the steps towards fulfilling the responsibility of sustainable practices, including the fact that our meal tonight came from no more than 100 miles away.
Our challenge: How do we create a cultural shift in people, that it isn’t OK to not reduce greenhouse gases? How do we make this catchy and engaging? How do we make being an environmental steward cool and a part of everyone’s life?
As one of the inspiring teens that night put it regarding polar bear conservation: the future generation is telling their elders, “Get cracking!”