Lynn Patterson, Director, Corporate Responsibility of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Youth Forum on Climate Change which this year is focusing on the Impact of Climate Change on Water and Food Resources in the Caribbean.
The Youth Forum on Climate Change hosted by Earth Conscious magazine will take place at the Capital Plaza, Port of Spain on Saturday, December 07, 2013.
Ms. Patterson, a Canadian national, oversees RBC’s global corporate responsibility strategy, including programs, communications and reporting. She is responsible for strategy and communications for the RBC Blue Water Project and the RBC Believe in Kids Pledge. The RBC Blue Water Project was launched in 2007 to help create a culture of water stewardship, and to date, the company has supported more than 600 not-for-profit water protection organizations worldwide, with donations of more than CA$33million.
Ms. Patterson has more than 25 years experience in corporate communications, and was a contributor to “Better by the Drop: Revealing the Value of Water to Canadian Agriculture’, published by the Blue Economy Initiative in 2013. She will speak about the importance of water to people, business and nature.
Linda Hutchinson-Jafar, Forum organiser and Editor of Earth Conscious Magazine says, “Ms. Patterson’s attendance affirms the company’s commitment to sustainability issues wherever RBC operates.” Mrs. Hutchinson-Jafar added, “The anticipated increased temperatures and reduced rainfall has serious implications for water resources and food sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean…Ms. Patterson’s visit is quite timely”
The 2013 Youth Forum themed ‘Impact on Livelihoods: Water & Food Security’ will have its focus on agriculture and water resources, two major sectors that are already adversely impacted by climatic changes.
Now in its third year, the Forum has for over the last two years, provided a voice for more than 500 youth delegates between ages 14-25 drawn from a number of secondary schools and tertiary institutions as well as from NOGs and relevant agencies across Trinidad and Tobago. Through the Forum, the country is witnessing a welcome shift among teens and young adults towards conservation and preservation of the natural environment.
According to Mrs. Hutchinson-Jafar, the broader objectives of the Youth Forum on Climate Change aim to engage and empower youth to develop and pursue innovative ideas aimed at addressing the issues of climate change and its potential negative impact on society, beginning at the personal and community levels.
Within this context, there are three key objectives: Awareness, Leadership and Action. They are, to build awareness among youth on issues of the environment and climate change; to foster the next generation of leadership in sustainable development and climate change adaptation and to encourage environmental action.