Students are the Future in Climate Change Conferece: Portage la Prairie
Released on January 30th 2015
The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) will bring its annual Generating Momentum for Our World: Justice in a Changing Climate Conference to Portage la Prairie today, January 29, 2015. Seventy-six students from six schools in the Portage la Prairie School Division will be attending a one-day conference at the PCU Centre to explore issues around social justice 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 North Memorial, La Verendrye, Fort la Reine, Arthur Meighen, Yellowquill, and Oakville schools will be attending the conference. The Portage la Prairie conference is the second in a series of four 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 PCU Centre, 245 Royal Rd S, Winnipeg January 29, 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 Portage la Prairie, 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.”
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!