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Alameda student to attend Copenhagen climate conference

Submitted by on 1, November 4, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

cop15_logo_imgCaitlin Grey’s commitment to environmental work sprung from a childhood filled with hiking and enjoyment of her natural surroundings. But now, the Alameda High School student is taking her passion for protecting the environment international.

Grey is one of just 16 students selected nationwide by the Sierra Club to serve as youth delegates to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this coming December.

“I’m sure Copenhagen will open up my eyes to the international nature of this problem,” Grey said in an e-mail to The Island.

Grey has come a long way since her early hiking days. She has worked with other students to create a recycling system at Alameda High School and helped turn the school’s recycling club into a local Sierra Student Coalition chapter, she said.

“We did a lot of work greening the school, hosting Earth Day, recycling drives, and getting a permanent Green Committee in the school’s leadership,” Grey said. In February, the club sent seven youths to Powershift, where they hobnobbed with 15,000 other like-minded youths from around the country and had the chance to lobby our local legislators on environmental issues.

And Grey said she’s thinking about going into environmental studies when she heads off to college.

Grey, who’s president of the high school’s Sierra Student Coalition this year, learned about the Copenhagen opportunity after attending a Sierra Club summer program in Oregon. She got the slot after an application and interview process.

The commitment’s a big one – the trip includes a two-day youth summit that precedes the 11-day conference – and the stakes are huge: The is the last time major world leaders will meet on these issues before the Kyoto Protocol, which is aimed at combating global warming, expires, and many are hoping a new deal will be struck.

And Grey needs your help to be a part of it all. She’s got to raise $2,500 to cover the cost of her trip, and she is looking for folks who are willing to pitch in.

“If you are able to contribute, it would be GREATLY appreciated. Any amount helps,” she wrote.

To hep out, send a check to Caitlin Grey, 1422 Gibbons Drive, Alameda, CA 94501.

And while you’re all fired up about the environment, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda is hosting “Celebrate, Challenge, Champion” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the community room at Independence Plaza, 703 Atlantic Avenue. The event is set to celebrate the progress Alameda has made on reducing its carbon emissions, challenge locals to do more and to champion the folks who have made it happen. The event is free and open to the public.

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