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Dec 6, 2012

ZSL+20 Youth Summit

Youth Summit designed to increase understanding of the issues and processes involved in conducting the RIO+20 Conference

In May 2012 ZSL's Formal Learning Team ran an event for local secondary schools called the ZSL+20 Youth Summit, which aimed to engage young people in London with the 'Rio+20’ UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNSCD), which took place in Brazil in June 2012. The Summit took place as part of a wider ZSL campaign, called the Pledge for a Better Planet.

The Youth Summit was designed to raise awareness of the fact that such a conference was taking place, and to increase pupils’ understanding of the issues and processes involved. It also aimed to engage these young people with Rio+20, and allow them to be part of the process by recording their ideas for the future into an outcome document, which would then be presented to government and at Rio+2- itself. The Youth Summit took place on Tuesday 22nd May 2012, which coincided with the International Day of Biodiversity. Approximately seventy 12 to 14 year olds from ten schools around London took part. It was run as a mini simulation of Rio+20, and the pupils not only heard from expert speakers but also presented recommendations for solutions which were compiled in an outcome document. At the end of the day this document was presented by a selection of the youth delegates to government officials at DEFRA. The event was fully evaluated, and analysis of the data collected showed that the project had been successful in meeting its aims. One student commented “It was inspirational! One of the best things I have ever done”.


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