2016 marks the 5th anniversary of the Richmond Earth Day Youth (REaDY) Summit, with the theme "Change Happens Now: The World is Rooted in our Backyard"! The 2016 REaDY Summit was hosted at Hugh Boyd Secondary School on April 23, 2016, and included engaging keynote speakers, interactive workshops and exhibits, and lots of great tips and tricks to make sustainable changes in our community. Stay tuned to this webpage and the REaDY Facebook page next year at www.facebook.com/readysummit for more information about REaDY 2017!
REaDY Summit is a fun, free, and inspiring youth led environmental conference. We aim to promote environmental sustainability awareness for all ages in the local community and beyond.
A BIG thank you to our sponsors for making this year possible! Our 2016 presenting sponsor for the REaDY Summit is Nature's Path Foods . Our two 2016 community sponsors are Vancity and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Please check out our "Affiliates tab" for links to these organizations. All of our sponsors will have interactive and engaging exhibits during REaDY Summit 2016, make sure to stop by and visit!
For the 2nd year in a row, 2016 keynotes will be inspirational youth, in keeping with the REaDY Summit 'by-youth and for-youth' legacy! Kate Hodgson and Jay Matsushiba, two youth environmental leaders, will discuss their inspiring experiences in local environmental stewardship and leadership.
Jay is a 12th grade student attending Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. He is currently the co-chair of the Churchill Environment Club and the Vancouver Youth Sustainability Network, working to provide other youth opportunities to be involved in their passions in environmental sustainability. Jay was also a workshop leader for last year's REaDY Summit, co-presenting with 2015 keynote Alice Xu on making connections in the field of sustainability. Jay also volunteers at the Vancouver Aquarium educating visitors, maintaining habitats and helping rehabilitate rescued marine animals. In his free time, Jay likes to explore nature, read books and plan backpacking trips.
Kate is a first-year arts student at UBC. In high school, Kate was the director of Kids for Climate Action, a BC-based organization that advocates for political action on climate change. Kate is now on the executive board of UBCC350, a climate action group on campus which, besides being the driving force behind Divest UBC, has worked to get out the youth vote in the 2015 Federal Election and mobilized UBC students around the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. Kate spends her summers working at a faith-based wilderness camp in Manitoba - a place that helps to remind her what she's fighting for.