The Golden Ears Transition Initiative (GETI) is a network of organizations promoting sustainability - and its founder Geri Pinel would like to see this same thing for youth in the community.
Pinel is in the early stages of starting a youth action coalition which would work like GETI, providing a forum to share ideas and resources.
"This is the world [youth] will be inheriting - they have to have some say in that," Pinel said.
Creating a forum for youth will give them "a much louder voice in the community," he added.
"Youth in our community" is the theme of GETI Fest this year, scheduled to run at Memorial Peace Park on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tents, displays, and the annual parade with people on all non-fossil-fuel modes of transportation taking part.
Several youth groups are involved, including Scouts. Emily Ducharme is with the 1st Yennadon troop, and she's been involved with helping organize the youth component of GETI Fest.
She will be doing ropemaking demonstrations at the festival and she hopes kids will come by to watch her and also to learn about Scouts.
"[Scouts] do stuff around the environment and the community and to me that seems likes a natural fit [with GETI Fest]," Pinel explained.
Sean Okawa, a Thomas Haney student, will be teaching origami at the festival.
While he's interested in global issues, he said he tries to help the environment where he can "on a smaller scale," something that might be as simple as conserving tap water and keeping the lights off.
GETI Fest will be held in Memorial Peace Park at the same time at the farmers market, between the market and The ACT.
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