Welcome to the Environmental Youth Conference blog!

The City of Los Angeles believes that today's youth are our biggest allies in our fight against climate change and global warming.

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, October 26, 2009

Connect with Million Trees LA at the 2009 Environmental Youth Conference

Through the use of AIM/iChat, a free service that offers free video conference calls for up to three users, the 2009 Environmental Youth Conference (EYC) will be able to be seen worldwide. This application will allow participants at the EYC to share their stories and insights with other youth from around the world during the conference. Through the use of video conference calls youth from around the globe will also be able to share their responses and opinions on what they are viewing from the participants at the EYC. The EYC will have a profile on AIM/iChat that will be accessible to schools and individuals on the day of the conference. Youth then will be able to video conference call back to the EYC using their own AIM account after they have listened to the reporting of EYC participants on site. The use of this new technology will allow the EYC to reach and interact with an international audience.

Requirments for AIM/iChat

An internet connection
An AIM screen name or Mac member name
A computer, specifically a Mac with OS X 10.5 Leopard
A microphone
A webcam (optional)

Directions for set up

o To register for an AIM screen name go to www.aol.com. You can get a screen name the first time you start AIM by pressing the "Get a Screen Name" button.

o After you register, AIM sends you an e-mail allowing you to confirm your registration request.

o For Mac OS X users, your .Mac member name (membername@mac.com) is a valid screenname on the AIM network, even if you no longer subscribe to .Mac. iChat to iChat conferences use the AIM network.

o Once you have set up an AIM account, with username and password, add milliontreesla to your buddy list.

o Users will sign into their AIM account, with their username and password, and can start either a video call or chat with MTLA, with the supplied MTLA account name, milliontreesla.

o Users will be able to use the video conference call features to connect with MTLA during the day of the EYC