Students from around the state gathered at History Colorado to watch a live webcast featuring award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns and participate in a nation-wide discussion on the environmental issues of today.
The 2012 National Youth Summit on October 17 joined students across the country through a live webcast – this year’s focus was America’s Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The Summit included segments from Ken Burns’s new film, The Dust Bowl, and featured a local panel of experts that connected this piece of history with current issues of drought, sustainability and environmental security.
Kristin Maharg, Program Manager at Colorado Foundation for Water Education, talked to the audience about the future of Colorado's water.
Adrianne Kroepsch, Graduate Research Assistant at the Center of the American West, educated the crowd on the dangers of "fracking."
Ryan Vachon , Director at Earth Initiatives and affiliate with INSTAAR (Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado), encouraged everyone to think like a scientist.
Einar Jensen, Life Safety Educator at South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, discussed the devastating effect of this year's drought and the intense wildfires of the past season.