Gulf of Mexico Youth Climate Summit unites young environmental stewards from around the Gulf Of Mexico and the U.S. for two days dedicated to the preservation of the Gulf Of Mexico in hopes of protecting it from the dire effects of climate change and using it as a base for climate action all over the nation. Participants engage with fellow youth leaders and experts to engulf themselves in the conversations around the issues facing the Gulf of Mexico and what they can do to contribute to the environmental movement in their own communities.
To bring together young students and youth leaders to understand the critical issues facing the Gulf of Mexico. We are determined to develop the importance of climate action, preserve our gulf’s coastline, and take initiative to protect it through efforts in Education, Policy, and Advocacy.
The Gulf Reach Institute’s (GRI) inaugural Gulf of Mexico Youth Climate Summit (GOMYCS) will take place July 29-30, 2022. This event will unite young environmental stewards from around the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) and the U.S. for a two-day event dedicated to understanding the critical issues facing the GOM and making actionable commitments to protect it from the effects of climate change. GOMYCS will aim to:
- Prioritize the importance of climate action and environmental stewardship, especially in underrepresented communities
- Provide actions that young people can take in their communities, i.e. habitat restoration/educational outreach
- Equip participants with resources to engage with local and state representatives to address the climate crisis
Meet The Team.
Maggie Peacock is an ocean conservationist, climate activist, and an Environmental and Political Science and History major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Maggie is passionate about advocating for youth involvement in climate change issues and making sure that young people have a seat at the decision making table. This focus inspired her to become the Co-Founder of the Gulf of Mexico Youth Climate Summit (GOMYCS). Maggie is also an Inland Ocean Coalition Ambassador, TEDx speaker, and Earth Echo Youth Leadership Council member, where she does advocacy work for ocean-climate policy locally and internationally.
Armon Alex is a science communicator, an ocean conservationist, and a TEDx speaker from Corpus Christi, TX. He is currently a Science Communication and Public Relations major at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For 10 years, Armon has gained experience working and leading environmental and conservation non-profits. He currently serves as the City of Corpus Christi’s Vice-Chair for the Mayor’s Environmental Task Force, is the Co-Founder for the Gulf of Mexico Youth Climate Summit (GOMYCS), and is the youngest Board of Directors member for EarthEcho International. Armon is determined to develop the importance of climate action and the preservation of the Gulf of Mexico habitats and waters through education and advocacy.