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Editor's Note: This post is written by Richard Greene an accomplished and recognized public speaker. He has been teaching the art and science of public speaking for more than 20 years and is the author of the book Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events.
While the leaders of the world focus on Copenhagen, Denmark to solve the environmental challenges facing mankind, 350,000 high schools students in New York City have been invited to do the same thing, as part of an innovative program at The New York Department of Education, in concert with Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Planet Green/Treehugger.com and an educational leadership program, "Words That Shook The World."The "Words That Shook The World Environmental Solutions 'Eco-Warrior' Competition" challenges New York City students to come up with their own local, national and global solutions in three areas: "Technology and The Environment", "Eating, Health and The Environment" and "Finance, Public Policy and The Environment". There is also another competition, sponsored by Grammy Nominated superstar singer/songwriter Jason Mraz, an "Eco-Warrior" himself, called "Art, Music and The Environment" where kids can create songs, spoken word pieces, music videos or documentaries to highlight environmental solutions. Over $40,000 in scholarships and internships are available for the winners as well as $12,000 in prizes to teachers.
Celebrities and VIPs, including Noah Wyle, Deidre Hall, Gina Gershon, Daphne Zuniga, Ashley Rickards ("One Tree Hill"), former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R - Oregon) and others are involved and will serve as judges for the 2 - 3 minute video submissions from the students. Previous competitions conducted by Words That Shook The World have been judged by Rev. Joseph Lowery, Sting, Ann Compton, 4th Circuit Chief Judge Billy Wilkins, and Erin Brockovich with the involvement of The National Forensics League and "SchoolTube".
Any and all public high school students in New York City may compete without charge and receive video downloads and workbooks on public speaking and special briefings on environmental issues in order to prepare their videos. The competition is the brainchild of Richard Greene, the author of Words That Shook The World: 100 Years of Unforgettable Speeches and Events a noted public speaking coach to presidents, prime ministers, senators, governors, major CEOs and celebrities and even Princess Diana.
His non-profit's mission is to "find and cultivate" the next great speakers and leaders in and for America and the world. Greene says that his motivation for having the competition happen during the time of the Copenhagen Conference is that, "in addition to learning "The 5 Secrets" of great public communication, I am completely confident that these 14 - 18 year olds will come up with environmental solutions that are as compelling and perhaps even more creative than all the old folks in Denmark It is, after all, their future that we are all focused on now and I have continually been blown away by the brilliance of our next generation in our competitions".
For more information or to have New York City high school students OR teachers register to compete, log on to www.WordsThatShookTheWorld.com.