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Earth Optimism Summit 2017 Inter-generational Salons

Earth Optimism Teen Eco Networks

December 21, 2018 | Brian Coyle

Building on the success of six intergenerational "salons" held during the Earth Optimism 2017 summit, the Conservation Commons (CC) is again partnering with the Global Co Lab Network (GCLN) to empower teens to lead conservation campaigns in schools and communities across the DC, MD, VA (DMV) region, while also connecting with teens globally for greater impact.

CC and GCLN have been building a network of schools, NGOs, and other DMV based organizations to support experiential opportunities for groups of exceptional teens to plan, execute and scale projects that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspire optimism and action. Teens and adult mentors meet in person and on a digital platform called "Dream Hubs", hosted on GCLN web portal, where they incubate and design projects and coordinate execution among their school and community groups. The first two salons, held in November and December 2018, focused on creating an advisory council and plastic waste reduction (SDG 12). Future salons will focus on food (SDG 2), climate (SDG 13), water quality (SDG 14), and habitat (SDG 15).

Campaigns will continue through 2019 and beyond, with opportunities to scale and expand through virtual connections with teens around the world. Teens will also have the opportunity to create professional quality videos, write blogs, plan summits, and share their experiences and success at Earth Optimism events, including the 2020 summit, and through digital channels at Smithsonian, GCLN and other partner organizations.

Check back often for new blog posting about our events and progress and other initiatives and activities by our amazing teen leaders!

Tags: Earth Optimism, Global Goals, Intergenerational, Salons, SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, Teens, Youth