Students offered an exclusive look at wind-energy industry with Wind 101 - Canadian Wind Energy Association welcomes youth to Annual Conference and Trade Show



    VANCOUVER, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Students from three British Columbia
high schools will get a taste of wind energy and its possibilities for slowing
climate change during the Canadian Wind Energy Association's (CanWEA) Annual
Conference and Trade Show Oct. 19 - 22 at the Vancouver Convention and
Exhibition Centre.
    Called Fast Forward to Wind, the Conference will focus attention on the
untapped wind energy potential in B.C. and Canada and, for the first time,
offer enviro-savvy youth from North Vancouver's Carson Graham Secondary,
Victoria's Belmont Secondary and Vancouver Technical Secondary schools an
exclusive peak into the country's wind-energy industry. The unique and
innovative "Wind 101" youth component includes a trade show tour, mini-turbine
kits for students to take home and presentations from young people who are
thinking - and acting - green.
    The schools were invited by CanWEA to participate in the "Wind 101"
session Oct. 21 based on their active environmental movements, including
Carson Graham and Belmont Secondary schools' participation in the Cape
Farewell Youth Expedition 2008, which, in collaboration with the British
Council in Canada, raises awareness of climate change and equips young people
to be environmental ambassadors at home and abroad.
    Grade 12 students Alejandra Henao, from Carson Graham, and Lily Jackson,
from Belmont, joined 26 other students from across the world on the expedition
Sept. 7 - 20 to Iceland, Greenland and Baffin Island, and will give a
multi-media presentation about their journey and lessons learned from it
learned during the "Wind 101" youth session, which begins at 1 p.m.
    "Each student on the Cape Farewell Youth Expedition represented a team of
students from his or her school," says Rebecca Zalatan, Climate Change
Programme Manager for the British Council in Canada. "That's why we are
delighted that CanWEA has invited the British Columbia Cape Farewell ground
crews and other students who are passionate about the environment to this
conference. This initiative will certainly help spread the message about
climate change."
    Added Nicole Loreto, CanWEA's Vice President of Communications and
Marketing: "CanWEA is extremely pleased this year to include a youth education
component to our Conference and Trade Show. The Cape Farewell program allows
students to witness first-hand the effects of climate change. Our conference
in turn will provide these young people with the opportunity to learn about
the important role wind energy will play in producing clean, renewable energy
for our future."
    Forrest Bentham, a Grade 11 student at Carson Graham Secondary School and
Canadian Climate Change Champion, will also share details during "Wind 101"
about the British Council's International Climate Champions (ICC) Program,
which encourages young people to become part of the solution to climate change
with an eco-pledge program known as "ICCommit." VanTech Grade 12 student
Lauren Law will discuss her participation last year in the international youth
conference Road to Davos: Greenwich Forum 2008, which dealt with a range of
global issues.

    CanWEA's 24th Annual Conference and Trade Show represents Canada's
premier gathering of wind-energy industry experts, and brings together all
disciplines of the wind industry - business, policy, science and technology.
In total, Fast Forward to Wind will feature more than 200 domestic and
international exhibitors and 2,000 delegates, including the world's largest,
most successful and most respected wind energy producers. This conference will
set the stage for those involved in the industry to network and promote
possibilities for wind energy, which is poised for rapid growth in B.C.

    Note to media: Photos and backgrounders on student presenters are
    available.

    About CanWEA: The Canadian Wind Energy Association is a non-profit trade
association that promotes the appropriate development and application of all
aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy
environment. Learn more at www.canwea.ca.
    Register for Fast Forward to Wind at www.canwea.ca/media/index_e.php

    About British Council: The British Council is the UK's agency for
international cultural relations. In Canada, it aims to build lasting
relationships between the UK and Canadians and runs various programs and
events designed to bring public attention to issues surrounding climate change
in Canada. Learn more at www.capefarewellcanada.ca.

    About Cape Farewell: Cape Farewell is a charitable organization that
works internationally to pioneer the cultural response to climate change.
Learn more at www.capefarewell.com.

    About rare Charitable Research Reserve: rare is a 370-hectare nature
reserve located at the meeting of the Grad and Speed Rivers in Southern
Ontario. The registered charity sponsored Carson Graham Secondary School's
participation in the Cape Farewell Youth Expedition 2008. Visit
www.raresites.org.




For further information:

For further information: Lara Gerrits, Media Relations, Laura Ballance
Media Group (LBMG), (604) 252-3613 (office), (604) 805-9545 (cell),
Lara.Gerrits@LBMG.ca; Ulrike Kucera, CanWEA Media Relations Officer, (613)
234-8716 ext. 228 (office), (613) 867-4433 (cell), ulrikekucera@canwea.ca;
Margret Brady Nankivell, British Council Climate Change Communications
Officer, (613) 364-6237 (office), (613) 301-5922 (cell),
margret.brady@britishcouncil.org


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