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9th annual Climate Change Conference by Windermere Leadership students

Calling all students: What will be your legacy?

 BY LYNN NGUYEN

Calling out youth in the Lower Mainland! It’s that time of the year again, Windermere Leadership’s ninth annual Climate Change Conference (C3) is happening on Friday, December 1, 2017! This year’s theme is What Will Be Your Legacy?  

We decided on this theme because we wanted to deliver the message that our time here on this beautiful Earth is fleeting. Decades from now when climate change has done its damage on this planet, will you be able to be satisfied with the actions you have took? What have you contributed towards our planet? It implies to take action and do something that will leave a positive impact for future generations. 

What is C3?

The idea came about not too long ago, from just a group of Leadership students who wanted to educate and spread awareness about climate change to primarily youth.  

Climate change is upon us more than ever in this day and age. Temperatures are rising, glaciers are melting and, in turn, sea levels are rising more than we’ve ever seen before.  

Yet youth are still turning a blind eye to this pressing crisis. This is why the Windermere Leaderships students present C3. In the past, we’ve had workshops revolving around fracking, LNG, food security, water and more.  

Now, each year the Grade 11 Leadership class is involved in continuing this vision. Our goals are for everyone to leave the conference with a heightened knowledge of climate change, and be able to walk out feeling inspired to take action and apply that knowledge in the real world. 

The entire day is student-led and organized by the Windermere Leadership 11 class. The day starts off with inspiring keynote speakers, then attendees break off into different morning workshops, followed by a lunch break, then an afternoon workshop.  

Workshops are determined by the attendees’ choice when they register. They range from more information-heavy sessions to hands-on activities to team bonding. This provides opportunities to network with other youth passionate about sustainability, like yourself! There is an option to buy lunch upon registering, and as always this is a zero-waste event so everyone must bring their own cutlery! 

Now that you have a better understanding about this phenomenal event, we encourage you to come join us! You can register online on our website, and get notified on any additional information such as our workshops and speakers for this year by following us on social media! Hope to see you there! 

Website: http://www.c3vancity.com

Facebook: @c3vancity

Twitter: @c3vancity

Instagram: @c3vancity

Copyright (c) 2017 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News

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Multinational corporation pays $15 a day for Hope water

BY CINDY CHEN, JESSICA SUN AND ALYSSA YAN

The earth’s surface is covered by 70% water. Only 3% is fresh water,and less than 1% is accessible for personal uses.

How would you feel about a brand name company being able to access your water supply in the middle of a drought, while withdrawing the water that you and your community rely on for only a price of $2.25 per one million litres?

You may be familiar with the brand name Nestle, known for their countless products ranging from food to cosmetics. The Switzerland-based company is currently extracting millions of litres of water from Hope, B.C., and profiting through their bottled water industry and much more.

Up until 2016, Nestle has been profiting off our water for free, until they were required to pay $2.25, which only covered their access fee, per every million litres. However, this enormous corporation withdraws millions of litres of water while paying Hope less than $15 a day.

Their plastic water bottles alone are sold around the world and back to the citizens of Hope for over $6 for a pack of 12 bottles. What is supposedly a human right for everyone is being taken by large corporations like Nestle, and sold back to us without us even considering where the water comes from or why we buy it.

Troubled by this, a group of 30 youth is taking action and raising awareness for this problem through social media, newsletters, petitions, videos and more. By doing this, we hope Nestle will stop stealing our water and take responsibility of the damages they have created on Hope.

Cindy Chen, Jessica Sun and Alyssa Yan are Grade 11 students in the Leadership program at Windermere Secondary. Cindy enjoys learning about social justice and sustainability. Jessica is passionate about environmental sustainability and social rights. Alyssa is dedicated to giving back to her community through volunteering ranging from organizing community events to teaching kids piano.

Copyright (c) 2017 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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January 2017 issue of RCC News is here

January 2018 RCC NewsHappy new year!

This issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood!

Get your latest issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Or click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Why I love Renfrew-Collingwood
  • Windermere students expose water injustice
  • Community engagement through arts and culture
  • Join the Social Culture Club
  • Art Institute of Vancouver Multicultural Carnival
  • Find your Hygge

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the February 2017 issue is January 10. We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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April 2016 issue of RCC News is here

This issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood!

RCC News April 2016Get your latest issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Or click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Students lead annual Earth Day Parade, Sunday, April 24
  • Youth invite bees to pollinate the ravine
  • Eating Out in RC: Kamome Japanese Bistro
  • Your feedback wanted on the Joyce Skytrain area development
  • The Gaston/Senft/McHugh historical collection
  • Coastal City Ballet’s Swan Lake

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the May 2016 issue is April 10. You are welcome to submit a story from 300 to 400 words. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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Windermere students celebrate Earth Day with David Suzuki, April 21

BY VICTORIA SKAPER
Grade 11 Leadership student

Monday, April 21
Parade starts 11:00 am at Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station
Festivities at Grandview Park 12:00-3:00 pm

Windermere Secondary’s Leadership program is throwing their fourth annual Earth Day Extravaganza. Earth Day is a youth-led event run by grade 8 to 12 Leadership students from Windermere Secondary. This event seeks to spread awareness about climate change, the impacts of pipelines and tankers in our own province and a wide variety of environmental problems youth will inherit, as well connecting youth from across the Lower Mainland.

A recent NASA study concluded “Industrial civilization heading for irreversible collapse” as climate change continues to increase temperatures 1.5 degrees from before the Industrial Revolution.  We may be passing the point of no return and youth need to take action for a brighter future. Earth Day is a great opportunity to stand up for what youth believe in and support our environment.

The first Earth Day Parade was back in April 2011, and it keeps getting better! The Leadership program is planning to host its best Earth Day yet! This event is supported by well-known organizations including Wilderness committee and Forest Ethics. The hype is rising and more people are taking notice of this incredible event.

World-renowned environmental scientist David Suzuki has taken notice and will be speaking at this year’s event! Along with other amazing speakers, there will be musicians, performers, fun workshops and plenty of NGO tents. Hundreds of fellow high school students, elementary school students and citizens will be attending this years event.

This is a family fun-filled event, so come out and support one of your community’s very own high schools! Bring your friends and family down to the fourth annual Earth Day Parade Extravaganza! Last year almost 2,000 people turned out; let’s raise the bar and bring even more out this year!

Don’t miss out on the great opportunity of hearing the one and only, David Suzuki, as well as coming out to support your community. The event will kick off with a parade at 11:00 am, starting at the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station. Then the festivities will commence at  Grandview Park from 12:00 to 3:00 pm on Monday, April 21st!

You won’t want to miss out on this amazing opportunity! For more information, please visit earthdayparade.ca/ and click attending on the Facebook page event: Earth Day Parade and Celebration 2014

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