New York, NY (July 16, 2009) —
The People Speak, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, is holding its innovative and educational Youth Leadership Summit in New York, with events continuing through Saturday. Today, Kerr representatives, along with students and teachers from schools across the nation and internationally spent the day at the United Nations.
Participants learned about the purpose and role of the United Nations and issues about climate change. Tomorrow, students will be involved in 350 activities to educate about energy and climate issues, and then all will perform service projects and go on a closing banquet cruise this Saturday.
The summit is focused on climate change and actions individuals can take to reduce emissions in their own communities. Convened in partnership with the National Forensic League and IDEA, the summit is featuring presentations and hands-on activities for high school students and educators, including access to UN officials and skill-building workshops. Nearly 200 high school students and educators from international countries are learning about how the United Nations addresses the many facets of climate change and how they can do their part at home. The schools represented are the winners of the Global Debates, an international debate competition focused on raising awareness about the urgent need to address climate change.
Alief Kerr won their chance to attend the workshop for the first time this year because of the support of the BP A+ for Energy grant project and its year long activities in The People Speaks program to educate about energy issues and climate change. The Kerr team made public service announcements that they posted on YouTube.com. They produced essays, wrote letters to elected officials, created this website and contributed blogs, hosted public debates in October of 2008 and this past Spring 2009, and composed songs and videogames – all focused on these important energy issues.
Kerr students will be planning activities for energy education as a result of this conference and will post many of their activities and reports on this blog.
– The Kerr Green Debate Team