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TerreWEB Scholar Deon Louw Speaks at Conservation Event

February 16, 2015

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Take a Stand: Youth for Conservation School Outreach Programs

On Friday, January 29th, our own TerreWEB Scholar Deon Louw took part in “Take a Stand: Youth for Conservation”, at King George Secondary School in Vancouver.  “Take a Stand” is an SFU initiative aimed at providing outreach and support for environmentally-oriented prescribed learning objectives (PLO’s) in science, social studies and fine arts in grades 8-12.  It is comprised of school visits with screenings of the film “Stand”, which features stand-up paddle board impresario, Norm Hann crossing the proposed Coastal route of the Northern Gateway pipeline project, followed up with short presentations by youth activists, local NGO’s, and grad students.

Deon was tasked with presenting on behalf of the Simard lab in Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC.  It was the first time Deon had spoken to youth, with a microphone, and to more than 150 people (150 students, plus teachers and NGO reps).  It was a learning experience, to say the least!  The experience was a very positive one for Deon, and he was very proud and pleased to be able to showcase the work that the Simard group is involved in.  “Take a Stand” is a highly valuable platform for any TerreWEB scholar to both participate in meaningful outreach work, and a unique environment to communicate their own research project.

The SFU team is lead by Dr. Allison Kermode, Biology, and Natascia Tamburello, MSc Candidate, Earth to Ocean.  Both have expressed interest in working with TerreWEB/individual TW-sponsored students/labs.  The NGO’s participating were Surfrider Foundation Vancouver, Pacific Wild, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Environmental Youth Alliance in Tree Keepers, CPAWS, Stanley Park Ecology Society, and South Coast Bat Action Team.

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