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newsrel -- California seeks 'climate champions'

Posted: 29 Dec 2008 10:38:26
Seeking future leaders. 

Release 08-105
December 29, 2008
Leo Kay (ARB)
(916) 849-9843

Carrie Annand (British Council)

California seeks 'climate champions' to join international youth

Students in grades 9-12 eligible; deadline Jan. 19

SACRAMENTO:The State of California and the British Council are
encouraging California high school students passionate about
global warming to apply for a program that connects them with
other "climate champions" across the globe, and helps them teach
people in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities how to
reduce their carbon footprint.

Eligible candidates include Californians in grades 9-12 who are
committed to communicating about climate change and are excited
to undertake local projects to address this global issue, such as
conserving energy, reducing waste, and encouraging use of
alternative transportation. The deadline for applications is Jan.
19., with winners announced in early February.

Two of the champions from California will be selected to
represent the United States at a meeting of the International
Climate Champions in Edinburgh, U.K. in late February. (All
expenses for the trips are covered by the British Council.) The
Edinburgh event will not only bring together champions from more
than 13 countries, but will also feature education and training
on project development, and will help build the basis for
undertaking global projects over the coming year.

"Any high schooler who cares about global warming should apply
to be a climate champion," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "This
program provides a great platform for youth to affect public
policy and change behavior in their communities on the issue of
our generation."

The Climate Champions competition is modeled after a program
that originated in the United Kingdom and is now active in 13
countries through local British Council offices. Since last
February, 15 California Climate Champions have been communicating
about climate change, working on projects in their schools and
communities and engaging with networks of champions around the

The 2009 California Climate Champions will develop and implement
plans to communicate climate change in their schools or
communities. As part of the program, they will have the
opportunity to participate in a range of climate change-oriented
activities, including an Orientation Day in April 2009, a
"climate camp" in June 2009, online networking with peers and
speaking at climate change meetings and events.

For rules, entry forms, and more information visit:
http://www.coolcalifornia.org/climatechampions .

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 by
Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/cc.htm .

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

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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