Five youth activists to speak at youth climate conference
Five award-winning climate activists from around the world will address Bermuda’s young people during a climate conference this month.
The Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute is hosting its second Youth Climate Summit, beginning on November 21.
One of the activists is Rayne Sullivan, who is co-chairman of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance’s Youth Policy Advisory Council, aimed at furthering environmental regulation initiatives.
Mr Sullivan also presented at the United Nation’s Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy, and was an official delegate at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.
Andrew Fagerheim, another COP26 delegate, will also be speaking at the summit. Through co-founding the UN’s Youth Climate Summit in New York City, he provided a platform for young people to voice their concerns and offer solutions to various environmental issues.
Award-winning journalist Scarlett Westbrook will also speak at this year’s summit. At 13, she became the youngest person to earn a self-taught A-level certificate in government and politics in 2018.
Ms Westbrook also became the youngest recipient of the Women of the Future’s young star award last February.
Also set to speak is hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Roske Martinez, who has been a climate change activist since the age of 6. He has presented at the UN’s general assembly and has been featured on National Geographic, Comedy Central, PBS and CNN television stations.
The final youth activist, Sarah Syed, is no stranger to speaking to large crowds. In the past, she has spoken at events such as World Unity Week and the Peel Environmental Youth Alliance.
Ms Syed, who is also a poet, has had her environment-centred poetry published in two books.
The Youth Climate Summit is a weeklong event, from Monday through Saturday, and is open to all young people between the ages of 13 and 22 as well as educators. After the summit, students will be able to launch their own non-governmental organisation initiatives.
Registration for the event is closed. People can visit here to learn about the event.