Youth environmental leadership: A Call to Action from C-Vert's 2nd Forum with David Suzuki

    MONTREAL, May 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Several dozen teenagers from the Villeray
- Saint-Michel - Parc-Extension, Côte-des-Neiges - Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, and
Mercier - Hochelaga-Maisonneuve boroughs, members of C-Vert, challenged over
200 young people meeting at La Voie High School (6755 Lavoie) 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.
    C-Vert offers young people from inner city neighbourhoods 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 starting at the end of May.
According to Dr Suzuki, "The power of youth to change things and to show us
the way for implementing sustainable solutions in order to solve the
environmental problems of our planet is very powerful. The C-Vert project is a
program that lets us know how this contribution is important and necessary."
    According to the Chair of the Stephen R. Bronfman Foundation, "We're
convinced that this program is not only beneficial for the community, but that
it also 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 planning
to extend the C-Vert program. "We'll be ready to go ahead with our partners
very soon" he added.
    The Forum environnement C-Vert provided youth with the opportunity to
speak about their experience and how they intend to pursue their environmental
actions. "Young people are active in protecting the environment and at the
same time improving community quality of life" explained Carolina Tejeida
Sosa, C-Vert member, to the project partners. "We've already mobilized other
people to get involved and we want to demonstrate that it is possible to act
now through our initiatives and those of our partners" added Ms Tejeida Sosa.
As well as presenting the many ways participants can be environmentally
engaged, C-Vert youth offered every participant a seed kit to encourage them
to become greener each and every day. "Today we present you with a symbol of
our engagement and in the coming months, we will implement many more
environmental activities!" concluded Ms. Tejeida Sosa.

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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