Students and teachers from Beaverlodge Regional High School took part in a youth leadership summit earlier this month focused on aspects related to the climate, water, and energy.
From March 16th to 19th the members of the Beaverlodge high school along with students and teachers from 19 other schools across Alberta and northeast British Columbia took part in the 2023 Generate/Navigate Youth Leadership Summit in Canmore where they had the opportunity to learn from and listen to experts in these areas. The summit also included a series of hands-on energy and water-focused workshops, wind turbine model-building, water DNA extractions, and guided tours of hydroelectric dams.
After the summit, attendees are challenged to develop an education and action project, which they will implement in their school. This goal of the project is to engage the other students, along with the greater school community about the energy, climate, and water topics they learned about. These projects will start around Spring Break and continue until at least the end of the school year.
Inside Education, the organization who put on the summit, Program Director Kathryn Wagner says the goal coming out of the summit is to see a number of positive outcomes from the different schools who participated.
“What has already become apparent is that students left Generate/Navigate informed, inspired, and empowered to work toward a sustainable future for our environment, economy, and society,” Wagner says.
Some of the highlight from the summit for students include learning about solar and wind power, and listening to speakers such as Jasveen Brar, CEO Energy Council of Canada Jacob Irving, and Autumn EagleSpeaker from Keepers of the Water.