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newsrel -- Climate Champions

Posted: 23 Jan 2008 11:10:06
Please consider the following ARB press release announcing a
competition to find 20 Climate Champions. You can review the
release online here:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr012308.pdf
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


For Immediate Release	
January 23, 2008	
Stanley Young (ARB)  916-322-2990					
Rebecca Filbey (British Council) 202-588-7874

California Seeks Climate Champions to Travel to United Kingdom
and Japan

16-18 Year-Olds Eligible to Enter; Deadline February 11, 2008

SACRAMENTO—The State of California, in partnership with the
British Council, announces the first-ever competition to find 20
Climate Champions, three of whom will represent California and
the United States at international gatherings in the United
Kingdom and in Japan this spring. Climate Champions are
passionate about global warming and committed to sharing ideas
with others in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities
about how to take action to address climate change.

"Facing climate change is a challenge that will demand our
creativity and commitment for a very long time -- certainly into
the next generation," said Mary Nichols, chairman of the
California Air Resources Board.  "The California Climate
Champions program will help us identify dedicated and articulate
teenagers who can reach other young people throughout
California-- and the world-- to find local solutions to this
pressing global problem. Their leadership will help us bridge
generations and transition more quickly into a clean tech,
low-carbon future.”

Eligible candidates include all 16- to 18-year-olds in
California who are committed to communicating about climate
change, or have already organized activities to directly address
it, such as developing programs to conserve energy and reduce
carbon footprints. The deadline for applications is February 11,
2008, and winners, selected by officials from the State of
California, will be announced by the end of February. 

The Climate Champions competition is modeled after a program
that originated in the United Kingdom. Through the British
Council, similar programs are now being developed in a number of
countries around the world. 

“We’re delighted to partner with the California Air Resources
Board in this exciting opportunity,” said Sharon Memis, director
of the British Council United States. “In sending young people
from California to the United Kingdom and Japan, we hope to
inspire them to act on a global as well as a local level.”

The 20 California Climate Champions will participate in a range
of climate change-related activities, ranging from online
networking with peers to trips within California, as well as
serving as spokespersons on this important issue. Additionally,
they will develop and follow through on a plan to communicate
climate change in their school or community.  

Three of the champions from California will be selected to
represent the United States at International Climate Champions
meetings in London, England, in March 2008 and Kobe, Japan, in
May.  (All expenses for the trips are covered by the British
Council.)   The London event will include an opportunity to get
to know Climate Champions from other countries in preparation
for the Japan trip, where the champions will participate in a
youth component of a meeting of environment ministers of the G8
countries. (The G8 countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.) 
For rules, entry forms, and more information visit:

If you have further questions, please contact Annalisa Schilla
of the California Air Resources Board at aschilla@arb.ca.gov.

The California Climate Champions program is sponsored by the
California Air Resources Board and the British Council.

The California Air Resources Board is responsible for
implementing a plan to achieve GHG emissions reductions mandated
by Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. 

The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international
organization for educational opportunities and cultural
relations. www.britishcouncil.org/usa


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