Monday, March 4, 2013
Last month, Baylee Ritter and two other students from Pontiac Township High School traveled to Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Tunza International Youth Conference. The main theme of the conference was the links between human health and environmental degradation. The Pontiac High School students presented the P2D2 Program and Operation Endangered Species project, both of which are highlighted models in the Geo 5 for Youth at this year's conference. They were part of a delegate of 250 youth from over 100 countries who went to the conference to showcase ways that young people can work together to tackle today's most pressing environmental issues.
At the conference, UNEP experts held workshops, panel discussions and other events with young people to present the latest science on health impacts of environmental degradation. Other sessions covered water, sustainable consumption, green entrepreneurship, and new international targets that are set to succeed the Millennium Development Goals from 2015.