Students Take Action to Combat Sea Level Challenges
Hampton Roads is experiencing challenges from the rising seas and flooding and we need YOUTH to create innovative solutions as we learn to adapt to the water and become resilient. The Elizabeth River Project will showcase student’s projects addressing these issues at the Youth Resilience Expo. Students implement their resilient projects at school and in their community.
The second annual Elizabeth River Project's Youth Resilience Expo will take place on February 29th, 2020 at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.
Students choose investigative questions such as:
- How can our school capture and reuse rain water?
- How can our school address flooding and/or reduce runoff pollution?
- How do we encourage resilience action?
- What can our school do to reduce our carbon footprint?
This year's keynote speaker will be Jeremy Hoffman, the Chief Scientist at the Science Museum of Virginia. Hoffman will speak about urban heat islands and climate change impacts, on human and geological timescales
Highlights from Youth Resilience Expo 2019
Tom Clynes, a photojournalist contributor to National Geographic, congratulated the students as keynote speaker for the first annual Youth Resilience Expo. Clynes spoke about environmentalists around the world who have acted with audacity and said the more than 100 participating students had done so as well.
At Wilson High, students sold out twice in a project to sell solar phone chargers to students, parents friends and the community. At Maury, the students are working to install stations for filling water bottles to reduce litter in flood waters. And Waters Middle tested and determined the most effective solar oven, not only to reduce energy use but to help people be prepared to cook and boil water in disasters.
“You are doing something here today that could help our Earth and our people… You created something here today that will bring joy to the lives of others,” the Hon. Mamie Johnson, Norfolk City Council, told the students. A member of Elizabeth River Project’s board, she served as co-mistress of ceremonies.
All participating schools were recognized as Resilient River Star Schools by the Elizabeth River Project, with banners and awards funded by the Rotary Club of Norfolk. Additional funding for the Elizabeth River Project’s youth resilience education efforts comes from a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant, the Dollar Tree Foundation and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, which has just awarded new funding to continue the Expo for the next three years.