Public Works Minister, Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch recently attended the final day of the two-day Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) biennial Environment Youth Conference.

The theme of the event, held at the Bermuda Aquarium, Musuem & Zoo last week focused on ‘The Importance of Preserving Open Space’. 

A spokesperson said: “Through this conference, the BZS set out to educate approximately 80 M3-S4 students and teachers on important environmental issues and show them that they can have valuable input into what goes on in Bermuda.”

Minister Burch added: “I am encouraged by the work the BZS has done to engage and encourage the youth in Bermuda in the areas of ecotourism, agriculture, park planning and other important areas.

“It is important to show students that they have a stake in the future of Bermuda, and that it is truly in their hands.”

During the visit Minister Burch observed the students working in groups on their plans for Southlands Park, following which the six groups each in turn presented their ideas. 

He commended the students for their “insight, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness on the proposals for Southlands”. He also encouraged them “to take personal responsibility for their environment and country and to encourage their friends and families to do the same”.

Minister Burch concluded by offering “special thanks” to Dr Jamie Bacon, BZS Education Officer, teachers and the volunteers who led the two-day conference, as well as “huge thanks to the Stempel Foundation for sponsoring the conference.

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