By DAN FOX
Following the Skagway School Climate Change Project’s trip to the Marshall Islands last spring, the group is still going strong.
Currently, the students who make up the group are planning a Climate Change Conference, to be held conjunctively with the upcoming Fall Festival.
Details are still being finalized, but the students have begun to organize a number of events spanning Oct. 20-22 aimed at international, regional and local aspects of climate change.
Included in the lineup of events will be several keynote addresses, local musicians, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, presentations from the Climate Change Project members, a 5k Zombie Run and more.
One of the keynote speakers is Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, a Marshallese poet and writer.
The students are dedicating the conference to Tony deBrum, the Marshallese ambassador on climate change, who passed away in August.
deBrum had met with the student group on its trip to the Marshall Islands.
“He was impactful on all of us, I think,” junior Danny Brady said at the Aug. 22 school board meeting.