Youth Connect with Ocean Conservation

Engaging youth in environmental awareness and action can be a huge challenge. Be it apathy, distractions or lack of awareness, some older environmentalists look on the young generation with no small sense of disappointment.

But the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States remains undaunted, launching its new Green Connection initiative to broaden young minds and raise the level of international cooperation through environmental and cultural exploration.  Until March 31, U.S. American high school students are invited to submit proposals for local or personal projects in the field of environmental protection. The ten regional committees (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Miami, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.) of each French consular office in the U.S. will select the two best presentations from their respective regions.  The juries will be composed of representatives from the French Embassy in the United States, the Maud Fontenoy Foundation and other main program sponsors.  Winning students will have their ideas posted on the Green Connection program website and get the opportunity to take a free two week educational trip to France to explore that country’s coastal environment and culture!

This year, winning students will meet with experts in marine life and protection and get to learn about issues concerning the global ocean environment while improving their French language skills. As part of the program, schools around the country will receive teaching materials (in French and English), which will expand on Earth Day Network’s extensive educational resources.