Welcome to the Environmental Youth Conference blog!
The Environmental Youth Conference engages young Angelenos to play a critical role in not only participating in our greening initiatives, but helping us educate others as well. This conference, the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, is for the youth and by the youth. Our youngsters run it, conduct workshops, publicize it, experience it and enjoy it.
Be part of it today! If you've attended the Environmental Youth Conference in the past, tell us what you think!
For more information, visit www.milliontreesla.org.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Catch our budding green artists at the conference Artist Alley. This special area will highlight creative, green teens and their environmentally-theme artwork or masterpieces made of eco-friendly materials. Some of our young, talented artists include:
• Iris Martinez, 16, Photo
• Ana Baranda, 19, Painting
• Peter Meitzenheimer, 13, Etching
• Juan Correa, 14, Drawing
• Charbel Rizk, 18, Sculpture
• Emmanuel Galvez, 17, Painting
• Rebecca Guerrrero, 20, Arch-shaped mobil using recycled materials
• Eugenia Barbuc, 21, Natalie Polanco, 17, and Ivan Melchor, 19, a collaborative art piece using recycled materials
Also on display will be art work by the Million Trees LA contributing artists: Juan Rosillo, Jean Wells, Hamerslag, Kevin Inkwich, Cindy Surianyi, Ron Howard, Fumiko Armano, Goose Black Finger, Steven McElroy and Abel Alejandre.
Make sure to stop by!
Monday, November 24, 2008
What makes the Environmental Youth Conference different from other conferences you've attended? Well, how about the fact that the conference speakers are mostly teens like you? Yes, there won't be much adults at the mic. That's right! This conference is FOR the Youth and BY the Youth.
This year's conference panelists will discuss projects related to eco-consumption, urban forestry and water. Check out who they are:
Genesis is 16 years old and attends
Kelly is a tenth grader at Harvard Westlake, and is from
Tosh and his mother co-authored a book called Generation Green which is an eco-guide for teens to “green” their lives through several ways, including green careers. www.generationgreenthebook.com
As a youth, Jesus worked on a recycling project with the Bureau of Sanitation’s summer program and is now working for the City department.
Daniela works with Pacoima Beautiful Youth group and partnered with a local elementary school to build and maintain a community garden and to plant trees. They also work to promote sustainability and environmental justice in communities. www.pacoimabeautiful.org
Alex works with Pacoima Beautiful Youth group and partnered with a local elementary school to build and maintain a community garden and plant trees. They also work to promote sustainability and environmental justice in communities. www.pacoimabeautiful.org
Adam is 13 years old and is President of Board for Tree Musketeers, a youth organization focused on trees. From 2003-2008, the group has planted over 500 trees along the stretch of
Evelina is a student at
Daniel is a student at
Blanca is 16 years old and a student at Animo Film and
Friday, November 7, 2008
Alec is the founder of Kids-vs-Global-Warming, a youth-inspired and youth-led organization that informs, trains, and empowers kids about the issues of global warming to inspire action. He gives multi-media presentations to schools and conferences, and starts Action Teams to empower the next generation of green leaders. After giving his own youth-focused presentation over 30 times, Alec was invited by Al Gore to be trained to give the official Inconvenient Truth presentations. He is currently the youngest trained presenter. In June, Alec and his team installed an environmental activist project called SLAP (Sea Level Awareness Project,) showing how far underwater the city will be if nothing is done about climate change.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Here's an excerpt from one e-mail that Million Trees LA staff received recently:
"... (I) forgot to share with you what my daughter Melissa said. She said she had the best day of her life and that she wants to work with the City when she grows up - cute huh. You and your Department did such a great job that my daughter is already looking to work with Million Trees... Thanks again for making her day!"
From Daniel Ruiz, Los Angeles