The Wild Center in Tupper Lake will host 170 students from high schools and colleges throughout the Adirondacks next week for its first Adirondack Youth Climate Summit.
Each school will send a team of students, educators, and school administrators who will develop plans to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse-gas emissions. They also will learn how global warming is expected to affect the Adirondacks.
The conference was the brainchild of Zachary Berger, a graduate of Lake Placid High School. Inspired by the museum’s climate-change conference in 2008, he suggested a similar conference targeted toward youth.
“We know that progress can’t be made by the students alone or ideas coming top down from administrators,” Jen Kretser, head of programs at the Wild Center, said in a news release. “Success will depend on changing how we approach energy use and a new way of thinking from everyone. That is why we structured the conference to work with a team approach.”
The conference will take place Monday and Tuesday. Click here to read the schedule of events and find out more information about the conference.
The Wild Center plans to hold similar conferences in coming years.