YesBC Media Release - Judy Fainstein, December 3, 2011
Local Non Profits FUN Society and YesBC Connect Youth in Victoria, BC with Delegates at COP 17 and Youth in Durban, South Africa
For Immediate Release
Victoria, BC – Six young Canadians from Victoria and Vancouver, BC have fundraised their own way to Durban, South Africa where they are delegates at the UN Climate Conference COP 17. They are part of a delegation know as the FUN-Del, which is led by Victoria, BC native Maia Green, Founder of the FUN Society (Friends Uniting for Nature), a local registered Canadian charity dedicated to environmental education and inspiring youth into action.
Despite the obstructionist position of the Canadian government at the COP 17 climate negotiations, these six young delegates are determined to find the positive news coming out of this globally significant conference. During the final week of the conference, the FUN-Del will be producing daily reports, with a focus on staying “COPtimistic” by telling stories of the passions and positive actions of young people in the global community.
YesBC (Youth for Environmental Stewardship), a Victoria-based non profit organization dedicated to empowering youth with opportunities to lead the way to a sustainable future, is collaborating with FUN Society to connect young people locally with youth in Africa during the conference and beyond. Skype meetings are being held to facilitate communication and sharing between local students, youth in South Africa and the FUN-Del delegation. Students at Lansdowne Middle School shared experiences and their vision of the future during a Skype meeting with a group of students in Durban, with amazing results. “Their grasp of the issues and passion for a sustainable future were inspiring” says Judy Fainstein, Founder of YesBC.
Prior to leaving for Durban, FUN Society and YesBC teamed up to visit local schools and engage students in a mural project. Students were asked to create visual representations of their vision of the future. These were taken with the delegation and they will return with artwork done by students in South Africa. The artwork will be displayed at the COP 17 conference and in Durban as part of a huge collective mural.
On Wednesday, December 7, perspectives will be shared in a Skype meeting with students in the Global Studies program at Claremont Secondary School and the FUN-Del delegates. “We are delighted that these organizations are providing this incredible opportunity for our students” says Claremont Global Studies teacher Mark Neufeld.
Judy Fainstein ph 250-592-1387
Maia Green ph +27 73 416 6731