TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. High school student and journalist Pearl Benjamin describes the generational divide present in modern media and activism as seen from a teenager’s perspective. She will discuss the importance of young voices in today’s politics and how every generation can get involved in fighting for a brighter future.“Gen Z has an uncertain future. Our environment, democracy, economy, and way of life are being threatened by a changing climate, increasing debt, and harsh political atmosphere. In a time when the futures of young people are so relevant to today’s politics, teenagers need a platform to stand up and speak out. But a generational divide keeps activists of different ages from experiencing critical media the same way. How can boomers and teenagers work together to make change? How can we bring all perspectives to the table when it comes to making change?” says Benjamin.
Pearl Benjamin is a senior at Watershed School in Camden. She also writes a column called Seen and Heard for the Camden Herald that discusses issues pertinent to teenagers like climate change, school policy, gun violence, and more. Benjamin is a co-founder of local action network Maine Teen Advocacy Coalition and serves on the Town of Camden’s Energy and Sustainability Committee. She is fired up about saving the world, and wants to inspire the same feeling in others.
This free event is presented in anticipation of the 33rd Annual Camden Conference—The Media Revolution: Changing the World, February 21-23, 2020, live at the Camden Opera House and live streamed to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Strand Theatre in Rockland, and Hannaford Hall in Portland.
The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, please visit www.camdenconference.org or call 207-236-1034.