Next Gen Climate Leaders Panel
This month, we are putting our local youth climate leaders in the spotlight! Climate change is a crisis that majorly impacts the lives of everyone on this planet. Young people bear the extra burden of experiencing those impacts far into their futures, and as a result, many have committed to taking climate action in their schools, communities, and personal lives.
On April 21st at 7:00pm, we are thrilled to be partnering with the Bedford Playhouse to offer a Next Gen Climate Leaders Panel, moderated by Bedford 2030’s Board Vice President, Sarah Douglis. Four impressive, local young women will take the virtual stage to have a conversation about their experiences, perspectives, and hopes for climate action in our community and beyond.
Join us to learn from these amazing local leaders and be inspired by all of the hard work they are putting into protecting the health of our planet.
Click here to register. There is a $5 admission fee, but students can attend for free with the promo code B2030YCP.
We are thrilled to welcome to our panel:
Rachel Joseph: a second year chemical engineering student at Northeastern University. She was formerly involved with Bedford 2030 as a Greenlight Award Finalist in 2018 for her project on installing rainwater harvesting barrels at her local elementary school. Her research areas include biogas generation and creating a cost-effective wire model for electrical transmission in developing countries.
Sarah Kelleher: a senior at John Jay High School in Cross River, NY. She has been a member of the Sustainability Club at JJHS for two years and worked with Greenlight both years. Last March, she helped the club host a “Sustainability Week” at the school which placed 2nd in the Greenlight competition. This year, they are hosting month-long action campaigns at the school targeting various climate change issues like single-use plastics, fossil fuels, and shopping and eating eco-friendly.
Riley Hester: a sophomore at Fox Lane High School. She was a Greenlight finalist in 2020 for her project “Recycle Right with Riley,” which she has continued to work on since then. She is also a Junior Associate member on the Pound Ridge Conservation Board. Riley is very passionate about recycling and her goal is to help reduce the amount of waste we create and to make it easy for people to recycle many different items.
Jasmine Sizer: a junior at Fox Lane High School. She takes on a sustainable lifestyle daily, whether it’s from recycling and saving water, to advocating for a green lifestyle to her friends. She is currently a science research student at Fox Lane and plans on studying coral bleaching and becoming a marine biologist in the future.
Sarah Douglis, moderator: Vice President of the Bedford 2030 Board of Directors and Chair of the Development Committee, in addition to serving on the Greenlight Award Steering Committee. Sarah received the honor from Bedford Magazine as one of the 2019 “ Bedford 25” celebrating residents who are dedicated, creative and influential in the community.