Global Activators is planning an innovative program called Young Leaders for a Living Oceans that will engage thousands of young people in turning back the tide of destruction to the global oceans. The program has two components: a unique leadership training experience called Blue Rendezvous, and a series of 80-100 youth gatherings held across Canada, all focused on securing our blue planet.
One hundred selected outstanding young people aged 16-22, drawn primarily from across Canada (i.e. “Young Leaders”), will gather at a spectacular rural seaside location in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Canada in the summer of 2019 for the inaugural Blue Rendezvous. This seven-day event will combine elements of a campaigner training seminar, ocean conservation conference, and wilderness experience. The Young Leaders will learn from acclaimed scientists, First Nations leaders, and conservationists about the primary threats facing the world's oceans — including ocean acidification, ocean warming, over-fishing, and plastic pollution. Specific environmental challenges facing the coasts of Canada will also be examined. The solutions to these threats will be explored in depth.
Explorations by ship, kayak, and on foot will introduce the participants to one of the world's most spectacular marine environments. The group will camp adjacent to a wild, breathtaking, and marine rich beach. There will be live music, campfire discussions, and movie screenings under the stars. It will be an experience that will change them forever.
During Blue Rendezvous, the Young Leaders will create their own multi-media presentations about their experience at Blue Rendezvous, why the oceans matter to them, and what people can do to reverse the dire trends. They will also receive training on how to organize their own ocean conservation advocacy conference in their community.
Youth Gatherings Across Canada
In the months following Blue Rendezvous, each of the Young Leaders will convene a small planning committee composed of young people in their community to organize their own youth conference focused on safeguarding the oceans. Approximately 100 local youth will attend each of these events. The content of these grassroots conferences will include film screenings, workshops on advocacy campaigning, and musical and spoken word performances by young people.
A focal point of each gathering will be the multi-media presentation delivered by the Young Leader associated with that local event. The participating young people at these gatherings will be invited to join advocacy campaigns focused on advancing the solutions to the major challenges facing the global oceans and Canada’s coasts (e.g. letter writing efforts, meeting elected representatives, organizing ocean conservation parades, etc).
Collectively, these 80-100 grassroots ocean protection events will involve approximately 10,000 youth. This will be a step forward in the global effort to protect our blue planet.
This impactful program will then be expanded internationally. Please join us in making it a success!