A handful of Grade 7 students were selected to spend the day in a climate change conference at the Glenwood Community Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday. The youth were invited to learn about topics on social justice and the environment.

"We're here to talk to the youth and to help them to learn how to be global citizens at a young age," said Kira Burkett, youth engagement co-ordinator with the Manitoba Council for International Co-Operation (MCIC).

Workshops included theatre, photography, film making, and silk-screening. The students were encouraged to come up with different ways of communicating what they learned about climate change.

"If you make a video about climate change, just to put it up on the internet, and tell all your friends and other people about it then they might be more aware," said Aidan Pimlott, a Grade 7 student who made a video about becoming a zombie after being exposed to carbon emissions.

Fifty-five students from nine schools in the Louis Riel, River East Transcona, and Lord Selkirk school divisions took part in the one-day conference.

The annual event is hosted by the MCIC and is the first in a series of three conferences that will take place between January and March.