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Teens organize conference to address climate change

October 26, 2018

San Jose, Calif., Oct. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bay Area high school students are organizing a summit for fellow teens to address the effects of climate change. The Tech for Global Good Youth Climate Action Summit will bring hundreds of high schools students together at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose Nov. 10 to learn about climate change and discuss what their generation can do. The summit comes on the heels of a U.N. climate report warning the world will suffer tremendous consequences of rising global temperatures as early as 2040.“Climate change is a cornerstone issue of my generation. Problems like deforestation, ocean acidification and species extinction are happening at an alarming rate. We’re going to inherit this planet in a state of total crisis,” said Haris Hosseini, Tech for Global Good Student Board president. “We want to understand the issues and how we can play a role in saving our future.”Students will talk to scientists documenting dramatic changes around the world. National Geographic Explorer in Residence Bob Ballard, known for discovering the Titanic’s wreckage, will deliver the keynote remotely from his research vessel Nautilus. The summit will feature panels and activities with nine National Geographic Explorers, an engineering design challenge, an immersive VR experience with HTC Vive, a United Nations Climate Interactive negotiations simulation, rainforest-themed escape room and more. Sessions will explore how technologies like blockchain, apps and VR can make a difference“We are inspired by the passion of students ready to solve one the biggest problem of our times. Their energy, creativity and persistence will lead to real solutions and inspire other generations to take action,” said Rufaro Kangai Sibanda, The Tech for Global Good Vice President.The inaugural youth summit is organized by 12 students from eight different Bay Area high schools. Students plan to lead calls to action with EcoChallenge. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo will deliver closing keynote address.“I look at my generation and I see an undeniable vitality — a willingness to fight, a willingness to stand up for beliefs, a willingness to march. If we’re not ready now, we’re really close to being ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow,” said Hosseini.The Youth Climate Action Summit is part of The Tech for Global Good program, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation. The summit was made possible with support from National Geographic, the Applied Materials Foundation, and Intel.Youth Climate Action SummitSaturday, Nov. 10. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.The Tech Museum of Innovation201 S. Market St.San Jose, CA 95113For more information or to sign up, visit: https://www.techclimatesummit.org/ About The Tech

The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. The Tech’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone. thetech.org

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Marika Krause The Tech Museum of Innovation 408-591-0027 mkrause@thetech.org

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