The environmental power of young people: David suzuki meets with youth from the Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation's C-vert project

    MONTREAL, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - A group of thirty teenagers from the
Villeray - Saint-Michel - Parc-Extension (VSMPE) and Côte-des-Neiges -
Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (CDNNDG), boroughs, members of C-Vert, challenged
200 young people meeting at the YM-YWHA (5400 Westbury ave.) this afternoon to
take environmental action. World renowned environmentalist Dr David Suzuki was
present at the event and confirmed that youth leadership is now, more than
ever, essential in solving our growing environmental problems.
    Riding on the success of a pilot-project held between 2005 and 2007,
C-Vert offers young people from inner city neighborhoods the chance to acquire
new knowledge and leadership skills through nature experiences and workshops
dealing with environmental and social issues led by experts. After consulting
other young people and community leaders, each C-Vert group will implement an
environmental community project in July 2008. According to Dr Suzuki, "We must
never underestimate the power of young people to change things and to show us
the way for implementing sustainable solutions in order to solve the
environmental problems of our planet. The C-Vert project is a program that
lets us know how this contribution is important and necessary. I'm happy to
announce that the David Suzuki Foundation will continue to collaborate with
the C-Vert team so that young people's actions are known and that their voices
are heard as much as possible!"
    According to the President of the Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation, "C-Vert
allows young people to acquire unique experiences. We're convinced that this
program is beneficial for the community and that it gives us new ways to
invest and implement solutions proposed by young people that combine quality
of life, environmental protection and sustainable economic development."
M. Bronfman confirmed that the Foundation is now evaluating extending the
C-Vert program to other Montreal boroughs. "We're ready to go ahead if all
partners give us a hand" added the President.
    The Forum environnement C-Vert provided youth with the opportunity to
speak about their experience and how they intend to pursue their environmental
actions. "We want to change the stereotypes that young people don't do
anything for the environment or their community" explained Laurence Bergeron,
C-Vert member, to the project partners meeting at the YM-YWHA. "We're inviting
other young people to get involved and we'll have a snowball effect with our
concrete and positive actions dealing with, among other issues, waste
reduction and recycling, greening urban spaces and environmental awareness"
added Ms Bergeron. During the Forum, young people learned about the many ways
they can act through proposals made by C-Vert and its partners. They offered
every participant local organic seeds to encourage them to become greener.
"Today we present you with a symbol of our engagement and in a few months,
we're going to add many more activities!" concluded Ms. Bergeron.

For further information:

For further information: Michel Séguin, C-Vert Project Coordinator,
Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation, (514) 878-5318, Cellular: (514) 755-5318,

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