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   PRESS        RELEASE:
   Thirty Students Return from Educational Program in
   Bangladesh to Launch Climate Change Projects to Improve
   Local US Communities and World
   Mon, 07 Jan 2013, 18:15:10 EST

   SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 7, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -
   - Thirty U.S. youth leaders and five U.S. educators are set to return
   next Saturday, January 12, 2013, from a month-long immersion study
   and cultural exchange program in Bangladesh from World Savvy. The
   group studied how global climate change has impacted local
   communities in Bangladesh, and upon return to the U.S., the students
   will apply their new knowledge by launching climate change projects to
   improve their U.S. communities and the world.

   This month, students will translate their firsthand experience with
   climate change in Bangladesh into climate change solutions in their
   local sphere of influence: their schools and neighborhoods. Since
   students observed how regional actions in Bangladesh could directly
   impact global sustainability, their action projects will in turn empower
   their local communities to change in order to prevent further global

   The group of thirty students and five educators participated in a competitive application process to earn the unique opportunity
   to experience how climate change is affecting the environment and people of Bangladesh. The international trip was part of
   the American Youth Leadership Program (AYLP), an initiative sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of
   the U.S. Department of State. In partnership with the U.S. Department of State, the program is administered by World Savvy, a
   non-profit organization that educates and engages youth in community and global issues. Program goals include fostering
   mutual understanding and civic engagement among young Americans and their Bangladeshi peers, as well as empowering
   youth leaders to become change makers in their own communities.

                                                             While in Bangladesh, youth leaders and educators witnessed the
                                                             devastation due to increased salinity from rising sea water in the
                                                             Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest. They visited
                                                             communities that lost farmland as a result of climate change, and
                                                             interviewed climate refugees in the slums of Dhaka. These
                                                             experiences provided youth leaders and educators with a deeper
                                                             understanding of how their actions in the United States can impact
                                                             people on the other side of the world.

                                                             "Enabling students to meet individuals affected by climate change in
                                                             Bangladesh helps illustrate the connections between issues, events
                                                             and people, locally and globally, in a way that promotes informed,
                                                             positive action," explained World Savvy's Executive Director and Co-
                                                             Founder Dana Mortenson. "Since major issues such as the 1/7/2013
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                                                               environment, economy, natural resource distribution, and immigration
   are truly global in scope, it is essential that we provide students with educational opportunities to view these issues from
   multiple perspectives."

   Last year's action projects included: Natasha Wood petitioning San Francisco University High School to install solar panels to
   reduce excessive electricity consumption, Aury Hernandez lobbying for and raising funds to replace paper towels with hand
   dryers in Flushing International High School restrooms, and a graphic novel by participant Alisa Smith on the plight of
   endangered Bengal tigers living in the Sundarbans to raise awareness on the effects of rising sea water on coastal

   About World Savvy:

   World Savvy, a 501(c)3 non-profit, educates and engages youth in community and world affairs, to learn, work and thrive as
   responsible global citizens in the 21st century. More info: .

   Editorial Contact: Liz Pankey, World Savvy International Program Coordinator; Email: Phone:

   Photo 1 Caption: Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate. Left to right: Bryn Shank (AYLP participant), a local tea farmer and Sofia Siqueira
   (AYLP participant).

   Photo 2 Caption: The AYLP cohort meets with women workers on the Kazi & Kazi Tea Estate.

   NEWS SOURCE: World Savvy

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