2021 Youth Leadership Summit Program

Defining Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

La Justicia Ambiental

La Justicia Ambiental es el tratamiento justo y la participación de todas las personas, independientemente de su raza, color, nacionalidad o ingresos, en lo que concierne al desarrollo, aplicación y cumplimiento de las leyes, reglamentos y políticas ambientales.

OurEcho Entry Form Worksheet

This is a supplemental handout for the OurEcho Challenge. This Entry Form will help teams prepare to submit their proposal to the Challenge. This document is appropriate for young people learning virtually or in-person.

US OurEcho Challenge Timeline

The OurEcho Challenge Timeline includes important dates and milestones for this school year's competition.

OceanEcho 30x30: Catch the Wave to Protect the Ocean

EarthEcho International was founded on the belief that young people have the power to change the world. You’re invited to join a conversation with EarthEcho Youth Leadership Council members as they demonstrate how they are taking action to protect the ocean. In 2020, EarthEcho launched #OceanEcho30x30, a campaign to ignite activism in ocean conservation. During this session, participants will learn why it is important to protect the ocean, how we are all connected, what they can do in their own communities, and gain access to resources that will help them to lead their own conservation efforts.

Stages of STEM: Generations of Innovation

Join EarthEcho International for a conversation with women from all stages in their STEM careers. Experts will share their career pathways, challenges they’ve faced, and how attitudes towards women in STEM have changed over the years. Participants will learn about different STEM careers, opportunities for students interested in STEM, and have the opportunity to ask questions of our experts.

Ocean Acidification Day of Action: Shell Shocked Virtual Field Trip

Ocean Acidification Day of Action: Shell Shocked Virtual Field Trip

As part of the Ocean Acidification Day of Action, this virtual event focuses on the effects of ocean acidification on crustaceans. Amalia and Phil will first provide a brief overview of ocean acidification before discussing how their focal species respond to a changing environment. Phil will focus on the effects of acidification on the swimming behavior of larval stone crabs and spiny lobsters. Amalia will then discuss her work exploring the effects of acidification on the physiology and immune response in juvenile American lobsters. The speakers will then end the presentation with some suggestions for how audience members can get involved in climate action and how even small changes can make a difference.

Expeditions Virtual Field Trip: Diving Into the World of Coral Restoration

Coral Restoration Foundation™ is the world's largest marine-conservation non-profit organization dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state, both in Florida and globally. Our core mission is to restore coral reefs, to educate others on the importance of our oceans, and to use science to further coral research and coral reef monitoring techniques. In this presentation, we will discuss the work Coral Restoration Foundation™ does to support the Florida Reef Tracts’ natural recovery processes via large-scale cultivation, out planting, and monitoring of reef-building corals whilst simultaneously engaging and empowering others in the mission to save our planet’s reefs.