I like the idea of Illinois' first Youth Conservation Congress, which convenes Sunday at Brookfield Zoo.
My only concern is that political reality can grind down idealism quickly.
I sure hope that doesn't happen to the young folks.
CC is notorious for coming up with great ideas and energizing the true believers. Not so good in helping carry through to actual change.
And these are the youth who will be carrying our hopes and dreams in Illinois outdoors in the coming decades.
I want them believing anything is possible. And acting that way. Let 50-somethings like me fret. Youth should keep dreaming.
Having met a few of the youth, I expect them to keep dreaming.
Here's the word from the IDNR:
Youth Conservation Congress Session Convenes June 27
Illinois teens to meet at Brookfield Zoo to discuss wildlife management, invasive species, community conservation
CHICAGO, IL - inois' first-ever Youth Conservation Congress - involving 100 high school students from throughout the state - will convene on Sunday, June 27 at Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield.
Participants in the Youth Conservation Congress will learn about and discuss current events and issues in conservation in Illinois, debate and propose solutions to conservation management policy issues, and develop personal action plans for conservation and environmental protection.
The program will include a morning session on community conservation presented by Chicago's Eden Place Nature Center. During the afternoon sessions, participants will debate wildlife management in Illinois in a program presented by the Max McGraw Foundation of Dundee; learn about and consider solutions to invasive species challenges, including Asian carp; and, wrap up the day by preparing personal action plans for conservation.
The Youth Conservation Congress is hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Brookfield Zoo, Eden Place Nature Center, Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, and the Illinois Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever Youth Leadership Council.