Global Youth Forum: "Climate Change & Sustainability in the Global Context"

Thursday, November 24, 2016 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Public Event: CIGI Sponsored

Presented by CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, the CIGI Global Youth Forum is a combination of trans-media storytelling, classroom simulation, an art exhibit, and historical film analysis for groups of high school students. For more information, please email [email protected]. Registration for this year's Global Youth Forum is now open for Thursday, November 24, and all students should register through their teacher/school representative.

Theme: Climate Change & Sustainability in the Global Context
Thursday, November 24, 2016
High school students are invited for a free, one day Global Youth Forum on climate change & sustainability at the CIGI Campus, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo.

Students will be able to appreciate the complexity of responding to climate change by describing the causes and impact of the crisis (e.g., fossil fuels, greenhouse gasses), expressing the interdependent systems that contribute to the issue (i.e., legal, social, economic), and predicting potential responses and the perspectives from which they arise (i.e., mitigation vs. adaptation).

Students will engage in a variety of learning venues including a plenary address, breakout speakers, simulations, and panel discussion offered by preeminent scholars from CIGI, the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Lunch will be provided and students will have an opportunity to engage with local community groups responding to the issues.

To take the day’s globally focused agenda down to the local level , students can visit ten tables from local non-profit groups  during lunch that include BlueDot, Citizen’s Climate Lobby Canada, Divest Waterloo, Grand River Environmental Group, Greenhouse Social Impact Incubator, People’s Climate Plan, RARE Charitable Research Reserve, Transition KW, Volunteer Action Centre, Waterloo Global Science Initiative, Waterloo Region Food Systems Roundtable, CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Capacity for this event is limited to 250 students.