On March 9 and 10, high school and college students from this decade’s four Olympic host countries—Canada (2010 Winter Games), the United Kingdom (2012 Summer Games), Russia (2014 Winter Games), and Brazil (2016 Summer Games)—gathered for a video conference sponsored by the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, and the British Council to discuss the challenges of and potential solutions to climate change.
The event, entitled the Climate Change Exchange, was moderated by Nishin Nathwani, a high school student and human rights activist from Fergus, Ontario. He was joined by panelists from universities in each of the host countries and hundreds of people from around the world who watched the sessions live online. The students who participated not only heard from panelists, but also offered their own solutions, focusing on the importance of leadership to affect the sort of large-scale, legally binding regulations it will take to meet a challenge of this magnitude.
“The remarkable young people we have heard from over the past two days are true agents of change,” said Lesley Lewis, CEO of Ontario Science Centre. “They are responding to a real global environmental challenge and challenging us to develop solutions.”