In honour of the International Year of Biodiversity the theme of this year’s Environmental Youth Conference was “The Power of One: Preserving Our Biodiversity”. The conference was organised by the Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS), sponsored by the Ernest E. Stemple Foundation, and supported by the Ministry of the Environment and the Department of Conservation Services.
The conference was held at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo (BAMZ) on April 14th and 15th with the closing ceremony at the Fairmont Southampton on the evening of April 16th. Fifty six students aged 10 – 16 (P6 to S4) attended from schools across the island and home schools.
Students undertook two field trips; one with the theme ‘how we impact our environment’ and the second with the theme ‘what are we doing to help?’ After each trip the students presented the key points they had learned on the trip to students in other groups who had gone on different fieldtrips. Students also participated in a workshop of their choice and visited 5 interactive learning stations around the BAMZ facility taught by local experts.
Congratulations to the BZS Education team, lecturers, trip leaders and all of the students for making the conference enjoyable and informative. The next Environmental Youth Conference will be held in April 2012.
Related BAP activities:
- C 2.9: Continue to hold a biennial Environmental Youth Conference.
- E 7.3: Document and celebrate successful youth involvement in biodiversity conservation projects through the media, public events and the Environmental Youth Conference.