September 12, 2008

Environment Breakout

The Environment Breakout was sobering -- Robert Kennedy told a story about watching a certain type of Peregrine Falcon with his father when he was young. Before he reached the age of 12 that type of Falcon was extinct. A young girl asked how she could work on her community in Harlem that has become a dumping ground for the waste of those in more affluent neighborhoods.

A lot of work has been done and a lot is left to do. The good news is that there is a growing understand that young people need to be engaged in solving these problems. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne led a strong panel who all talked about the importance of engaging young people in solving these problems.

Overall a good experience.

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