Young Canadians examine climate change on a local level

Students from twenty-five high school classes participating in Climate Action 150, an initiative of GreenLearning will be discussing their ideas and Calls for Action on climate change in a Virtual Town Hall meeting taking place on May 18, 2017 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time featuring the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Honourable Catherine McKenna. The event will be streamed live online at GreenLearning’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/greenlearning.canada.foundation/

“By facilitating this virtual meeting, GreenLearning is ensuring young people’s ideas for addressing climate change are being heard. Students will present their local findings on climate change including the Calls for Action and will have an opportunity to hear Minister McKenna provide feedback on their ideas, which is very exciting for them,” says Mary McGrath, Executive Director of GreenLearning.

The Virtual Town Hall is a key component of Climate Action 150 – a national youth dialogue on climate change in which youth across the country investigated local impacts of climate change and worked with their communities to develop ideas for action. Over 500 students met in a series of virtual seminars, worked collaboratively to synthesize their findings and wrote Calls for Action on climate change, many of which they themselves will implement in their communities. The Virtual Town Hall is a platform where students can share and discuss their ideas with Minister McKenna.

“It is essential to get youth engaged in the national conversation about taking action on climate change. We need their energy and enthusiasm. We need their dedication and inventiveness. And we need their creative ideas to help solve the problems of tomorrow,” says Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

“It is extremely important to have the insight of the youth because they are the future of the nation and eventually will determine the direction that the country will go in,” says Daniel Denegri, a Climate Action 150 student.

After the Virtual Town Hall, a final report documenting student research on ideas for climate change mitigation and adaption measures will be released. A copy of this report will be published online at: www.climateaction150.ca