Amanda Bruha ’20 will attend the first Sri Lanka Youth Climate Summit, to be held in the island nation from Jan. 20-22. Bruha is traveling under the auspices of The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, N.Y., an environmental organization she has worked with since high school.
The Sri Lanka Summit is modeled on an annual youth summit on climate change that has been held at The Wild Center since 2009 for students in the Adirondack area. Each year, the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit reaches more than 25,000 students represented by the 150 high school participants. Students who have participated return to their schools implementing changes such as creating school gardens, expanding recycling and composting programs, and facilitating carbon audits for energy programs.
Bruha plans to pursue a double major in environmental studies and geoscience and chose to attend HWS due to the Colleges’ impressive focus on sustainability. “This program (at The Wild Center) helped me realize my passion for the environment, which eventually led me to HWS.”
In Sri Lanka, Bruha will assist with a presentation on climate science and how it is impacting lives across the globe. “Since I will be helping to present a plenary presentation with The Wild Center, I am also looking forward to using and perfecting my public speaking and communication skills,” she says.
Bruha is hopeful that her experience will reap benefits long after she returns to the U.S. “I hope to prove to my peers that our efforts will lead directly to change and achievement, so that we can find what we are passionate about and work hard until change is made,” she says.