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.
The Gulf Reach Institute’s (GRI) inaugural Gulf of Mexico Youth Climate Summit (GOMYCS) took place on July 29-30, 2022. The event united 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 aims 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
Armon Alex is a science communicator, an ocean conservationist, and a TEDx speaker from Corpus Christi, TX. 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.
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.