A Kelowna student is one of two Canadian high school delegates who will be attending the COP28 United Arab Emirates Student Leadership Summit.
Grade 12 student Erin Work will represent École Okanagan Mission Secondary School (OKM) at the summit, with UN accreditation for the Climate Change Conference.
“I’ve always been empowered by my teachers and family to understand that one person can create the
change they want to see,” Work said.
“Whether it’s volunteering for a project or adding the voice of youth to the global climate conversation, our personal stories and perspectives can drive positive action.”
Work, who is of Indigenous descent, participated in the recent Waves of Change Youth Climate Summit, where she shared her personal climate story and grew her leadership skills, which helped prepare her for this global summit.
“Erin exemplifies the wonder about our natural world and engagement as a global citizen that we seek to
inspire in each student,” said Kevin Kaardal, Central Okanagan Public Schools (COPS) Superintendent.
“This summit is an opportunity for global leaders to hear student voices like Erin’s articulating solutions to the most pressing problems our world faces.”
The opportunity for a Central Okanagan student to attend the summit is due to collaboration between the College Board of Canada, the Centre for Global Education, and COPS staff.
COP28 takes place from Dec. 3 to 11 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.