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Students Are The Future In Climate Change Conference

Released on January 21st 2015

JANUARY 21, 2015, WINNIPEG, MANITOBA: The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) will bring its annual Generating Momentum for Our World: Justice in a Changing Climate Conference to Winnipeg today, January 21, 2015. Fifty-five students from nine schools in the Louis Riel, River East Transcona, and Lord Selkirk school divisions will be attending a one-day conference at the Glenwood Community Centre to explore issues around poverty reduction in our world.

Students will explore the concepts of climate change and social justice. They will investigate how climate change is altering the lives of people around the world, why this is a social justice issue, and what they can do to help ensure a healthy and sustainable future for people around the world. Through a series of simulation games, circuit sessions and workshops, students will discover answers to important questions such as: What is climate change? How will our lives be different in the future? How will climate change alter quality of life around the world? What can we do to take action for a more sustainable future?

Middle years students from Ecole Varennes, East Selkirk, Grant Park, Island Lakes, Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute, Robert Andrews, Shaughnessy Park School, Springs Christian Academy, and Westgate Mennonite Collegiate will be attending the conference. The Winnipeg conference is the first in a series of three that are being held throughout Manitoba this year, from January to March. These conferences are made possible through financial support MCIC receives from the Government of Canada provided through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD).

MCIC’s Generating Momentum for Our World: Justice in a Changing Climate Middle Years Conference Glenwood Community Centre, 27 Overton Street, Winnipeg January 21, 2015, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Media are encouraged to stop by around 9:30am for photo opportunities.

The morning session will include an opening plenary, public speaking, and leadership skill development. In the afternoon, students will participate in a session on how to take action and creative workshops.

“MCIC is very proud to offer this engaging, informative, and enjoyable conference for students in Winnipeg, who will gain a new understanding of climate change and how to take action on building a more sustainable future,” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC. “I am always amazed to hear about the follow-up events the students organize after the conference in their schools and communities.”

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Since 2002, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has hosted a number of successful conferences on international development issues for both middle years and high school students. The purpose of these conferences is to engage students in discussion of global issues, and help them move through the stages of planning an activity and then organizing it in their school or communities. Generating Momentum for Our World is an exciting opportunity for young people to learn about an issue, build leadership skills, take positive action, and have fun doing it!

For more information contact: Janice Hamilton, Executive Director, Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: janice@mcic.ca
Websites: www.mcic.ca and www.generatingmomentum.ca