YouthTalk Sustainability Summit April 18

By Betty Pan ’21
In their mission to provide a platform for youth to voice their ideas and solutions to government and industry leaders, YouthTalk Nation has incited in me a passion for youth advocacy and engagement. As the Vice President of Marketing of one of Canada’s fastest growing youth nonprofit organizations, I have seen, firsthand, the power of youth voices. With the rise of the international community’s concerns over global warming, we invite you to join us on April 18 at our YouthTalk Sustainability Summit hosted at UBC Nest in partnership with Oceanwise, the City of Vancouver, and UBC Sustainability.
Focusing on climate change and how we can help, the event features student presentations, an expo fair, and an array of esteemed guest speakers, including the Honourable George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Ned Bell, Oceanwise ambassador and Chefs for Oceans founder, and Rebecca Hamilton, founder of Sustainabiliteens, a youth climate activist group. 
Tickets are $10 and include a free Oceanwise certified buffet. All proceeds will go toward Oceanwise, with the goal of raising $5,000. In partnership with “Offset” and “Bullfrog Powered,” our event is 100% carbon neutral and 100% net energy zero.
Student Grant Competition:
For students in grades 8 to 12, we strongly encourage you to apply for our $2,500 student grant competition. Within a team of 2-5 people, propose a project that aims to make your school a greener place. Finalist groups will present their ideas in front of a live audience at our April summit; the winning team will be awarded $2,500 to put their project into action. Competition details can be found here. The deadline to apply is March 7. 
Our world is running out of time. But together, we might have a chance at stopping climate change. So, on April 18, join my team and me at UBC, and let your voice be heard!