January 25, 2008 13:00 ET

Youth Invited to Come Aboard WWF-Canada's Earth Flotilla

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2008) - World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada) is launching a new program for youth focused on environmental leadership. Entitled 'Young Leaders for a Living Planet', the program is part of WWF-Canada's efforts to engage Canadians of all ages in making positive changes for the environment.

"I hope to contribute fresh ideas about how my small community both contributes to global warming and to the fight against it", says Megan Cail, a grade 10 student at Williams Lake Secondary School. Megan is the newest recruit in WWF-Canada's 'Young Leaders for a Living Planet' program, which will bring youth from across British Columbia together to explore environmental challenges and to seek innovative solutions to them.

Two months from now, Megan and forty other eco-minded high school students involved with the program will set sail on the Earth Flotilla. This voyage takes place aboard ships in the Gulf Islands, and provides youth with the chance to learn about sustainability by looking at ways we can reduce our impact on the environment. Through visits to sites as diverse as forest restoration projects and energy efficient homes, youth will connect with important efforts already underway. After the Earth Flotilla, these young leaders will bring new ideas and inspiration back to their schools and communities, and engage others in making a difference for the health of the planet.

"The Earth Flotilla will be an unforgettable learning adventure," says Jeff Gibbs, Director of the 'Young Leaders for a Living Planet' program. "Participants will return to their communities empowered with a supportive network of peer and adult mentors. With the leadership skills they develop, they will be ready to become ambassadors for our living planet."

WWF-Canada is inviting B.C. youth to join the 'Young Leaders for a Living Planet' program and to sign-up by February 1st to be part of the Earth Flotilla. Visit WWF-Canada's website at wwf.ca/youth to learn more.

WWF-Canada is part of WWF, the global conservation organization. WWF advocates and promotes lasting solutions to the challenge of balancing growing human needs and environmental sustainability. In collaboration with business, government, communities and individuals, WWF takes a science-based approach to the protection, management and restoration of environmentally sensitive parts of the planet.

With offices across Canada including Vancouver and Prince Rupert, WWF-Canada's work includes visionary projects focused on climate change and the health of habitat and species across Canada and around the world.

This news release and associated material can be found on wwf.ca.

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