When learning about climate change I often find all of the negative impacts and future predictions discouraging and overwhelming. It is a challenge to remain optimistic about the future when it feels as though the Canadian government is not taking climate change seriously. The Canadian government is making little to no effort to reduce our CO2 emissions and is not making any major investments in greener energy sources. Considering we used to be a global environmental leader, I am disappointed to be represented by the current environmental decisions of our government. I am not the only youth who isn’t impressed with Canada’s current environmental stance, Canadian youth have united forces to create the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC).
“The Canadian Youth Climate Coalition is a united front of youth from across Canada tackling the biggest challenge of our generation, the climate crisis. Acting locally, provincially, federally, and internationally, we combine our forces to educate and empower youth. Acting locally, provincially, federally, and internationally, we combine our forces to educate and empower youth”(CYCC).
The CCYC runs nation wide programs to further educate youth about climate change as well as to encourage action and involvement in the larger youth movement. The workshop entitled The Wings of Change is targeted toward high school students and educates students not only about climate change but also the idea of climate justice. Climate change has become more then an environmental issue but also an economical, cultural, livelihood, health and survival issue. The Wings of Change workshop not only educates students on the scientific understanding of climate change but also makes correlations between the human impacts of climate change locally, nationally and globally. The Wings of Change focuses on group discussion and the formation of creative, positive, solutions and gives youth the opportunity to join the larger youth movement. CCYC also offers a weekend excursion program called Power Summer. Power Summer is targeted toward youth ages 18-30 and is held at 6 locations from cost to cost in Canada. The main focus of Power summer is creating an understanding of climate justice and training in “popular education, action & strategy, communications, messaging, campaign planning and other quintessential organizing skills”(CCYC). Power Summer is equipping youth with both the knowledge and skills to create positive changes. These are just a few way the CCYC are educating and involving youth in the current climate crisis. If you’re interested in learning more about CCYC or getting involved check out their website http://www.ourclimate.ca/wordpress/ or if you would like to donate to the CCYC follow this link : https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1453&VER=1&LNG=EN&PID=1846.
The CCYC reminds me that their is reason to be optimistic and that together we CAN make a difference. This leaves me with one question for you, change can happen and will happen are you in?