November 20th, 2020
Education , Press Release
U.S. Senator Inspires with Special Message at 6th Annual Event
HONOLULU (Nov. 20, 2020) – Over 100 students from across Hawaii will share climate solutions this Sunday, Nov. 22nd, at Blue Planet Foundation’s 2020 Student Energy Summit. This three-day virtual workshop on clean energy teaches middle school and high school students how to identify climate issues, work within a team, and present solutions to a panel of judges.
This year’s Summit moved to an online platform due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Students were joined by special guests, including Hawaii’s senior U.S. senator, Brian Schatz, who shared an inspiring message about the need for youth to engage in climate solutions.
“This work is so important because, if we are going to succeed, it’s going to be with your talent, your courage, and your ingenuity,” Senator Schatz, who chairs the Senate Special Committee on Climate Crisis, told the students. “History proves that it is always the younger generation that solves the challenges of our time, and that’s particularly true of the climate crisis.”
Throughout the Summit, participating student teams were tasked with creating a project that addresses one of the climate issues presented during the breakout sessions. This Sunday, Nov. 22nd, students will present their solution to a panel of judges comprised of community leaders, sponsors, and peers. The winning teams will receive funding for their project.
“The goal of the Student Energy Summit is to foster community, teach students how to support one another, and show how we are all in this together” said Griff Jurgens, education director of Blue Planet Foundation. “What we are doing in Hawaii matters, especially with all that has happened this past year, but together we can show the world the way forward.”
For more information, please visit blueplanetfoundation.org/student-energy-summit.
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