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Green Your World: Conference shreds gnar

March 7, 2012 by Luke Kozlowski, Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness

The recent Western Canadian Sustainable Campuses Conference at Simon Fraser University was pretty much the most inspiring thing ever.

The 12th annual conference was a four-day affair involving a wide array of panel discussions and workshops including international climate policy, effective campaign building, and everything in between.

All of the presenters were environmental professionals in one way or another and they were all there to help students build capacity and become more effective environmental advocates, both on our campuses and out in the community.

Now, some of you may be thinking, “Why go to a boring conference when you could be shredding some serious gnar?”

Gnar, yes, that’s a fair argument, but I dare say that we were carving some sick knowledge and getting energized from all of the mad air that we were catching in our minds!

Seriously, if you haven’t been to a conference like this, you should really consider it. As a student, it’s too easy to get buried in the books or lost in defeatist thoughts that the world we live in is too messed up to fix.

I’m not saying that people need to stop having fun and become bleeding-heart activists that shun all things modern.

All I’m saying is this: when you get together with a bunch of cool, like-minded people from across Canada, who actually give a damn about the future, you have a kick-ass time and you plot how to change the world for the better.

Did I mention that it’s a kick-ass time? From dance parties to stimulating intellectual discussions, and reconnecting with nature all the while, what more could a person possibly want?

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