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Apathy to Empathy to Action - Break The Divide (Grades 6-12)

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This session will discuss the importance of environmental empathy from a youth perspective.

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This session will discuss the importance of environmental empathy from a youth perspective. Abhayjeet Singh Sachal will speak about travelling to the Canadian Arctic and founding the Break The Divide Foundation at the age of 14. The focus of the presentation will be on youth engagement in environmental issues, the importance of nuance in discussions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the necessity to unite to take climate action. Abhay will discuss Break The Divide’s emphasis on dialogue among youth around the world and the necessity of real conversations in a time of polarization and apathy. He will end with a message about the importance of taking action on the climate crisis in an empathetic way.

This presentation will provide students with tangible resources and understandings to engage in dialogue about the climate crisis with youth and create a sense of commonality to address associated environmental issues.

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About the Mayor's Environment Expo

The annual Mayor's Environment Expo is held in conjunction with National Environment Week with the goal to empower and educate Calgary’s youth to practice and promote environmental actions, shaping a healthier and greener city for tomorrow.

The Mayor's Environment Expo will take place virtually June 1-3, 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Using a virtual format for 2021 reduces uncertainty on the part of teachers to be able to participate and ensures students can attend the Expo regardless of whether they are attending school in-class or online.

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