Springing into Eco-Action

Tenley Rooney
SPS hosts Concord Youth Climate Summit

More than 30 students from St. Paul’s School, Concord High School, Bishop Brady High School, and other area high schools will converge on the Lindsay Center for Mathematics and Science on Sunday, April 7, for the Concord Youth Climate Summit.
The day-long event is a collaborative effort among St. Paul’s School’s Office of Environmental Stewardship, Concord High School’s environmental club, and the City of Concord’s Energy and Environment Committee. NHPR’s Sam Evans-Brown, host of “Outside/In,” will deliver the day’s keynote address on “Renewable Technology and Our Climate Future.” The day will also feature workshops led by local environmental advocates, including Melissa Birchard ’94 of the Conservation Law Foundation, and Dough Bechtel, president of NH Audubon. The topics relate to the work students with Eco-Action, the School's environmental club and their peers from other local schools have engaged with Concord City Council's push towards a 100 percent renewable energy future.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in three of the following groups:
- “Why 100% Renewables?,” Concord Energy and Environment Committee
- “Wildlife and Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations,” Doug Bechtel, NH Audubon
- “Organizing for the Climate,” Lila Kohrman-Glaser, 350.org New Hampshire
- “Plastics, Pollution, and our World Ocean,” Katie Pelon, Blue Ocean Society
- “Pollinator Gardens for the Climate,” Stacy Luke, Merrimack County Conservation District
- “Recycle Better,” Concord General Services
- “Know and Grow Your Food: Campus Garden,” Jessica Newnan, ORIS/Fresh Start Farms
- “The Law, Public Policy, and Climate Change,” Melissa Birchard '94, Conservation Law Foundation
St. Paul’s School Environmental Steward Nick Babladelis, who also advises Eco-Action, helped organize the day. “This summit provides a space for collaboration, brainstorming, feedback, and action planning for students to take back to their schools,” says Babladelis. “I hope our students find ways to push St. Paul’s School to be a leader in our city as it strives to meet its 100 percent renewable energy goal.”