Yukon Government Launches Youth Panel on Climate Change

    Yukon youth ages 12 to 25 are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is October 20, 2020. Panel members will reflect the diversity of Yukon youth and will have a keen interest in supporting others to learn about climate change and take meaningful action.

    The Government of Yukon is launching a Youth Panel on Climate Change so youth can share their perspectives and provide advice on how to address climate change.    

    Yukon youth ages 12 to 25 are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is October 20, 2020.

    Panel members will reflect the diversity of Yukon youth and will have a keen interest in supporting others to learn about climate change and take meaningful action.

    Seven to 10 panel members will be selected to serve a one-year term and will receive honoraria in support of their commitment to attend meetings, provide advice and perspectives, and participate in other activities.

    The panel supports the leadership objectives in Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy: “Educate and empower youth as the next generation of leaders.”

    The youth panel on climate change will:

    • engage with young people across Yukon on issues related to climate change, energy and a green economy;
    • communicate young people’s perspectives on climate change action in Yukon;
    • provide advice and perspectives to the Government of Yukon on issues related to Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy;
    • participate in activities that build leadership and life skills, and spread education related to climate change issues across Yukon;
    • support youth across Yukon to learn about climate change; and
    • empower youth across Yukon to take meaningful action related to climate change issues.

    More information about the Youth Panel on Climate Change and how to submit an application is available at Yukon.ca/youth-climate-panel.

    Quotes:

    Climate change is the biggest challenge of this generation and Yukon youth deserve to have their voices heard. As we work together to tackle climate change, it is vital that we hear from youth as they are the next generation of leaders. I encourage youth from all Yukon communities to get involved and share their perspectives on how we can build a clean future for our territory. Premier Sandy Silver

    We all have a stake in Yukon’s future and we all need to work together to address climate change.  Yukon youth have shown they care deeply about the impacts of climate change and want to be part of the solution. Our government is excited to have youth participate in shaping climate change actions here in Yukon. Minister of Environment Pauline Frost

    In the October 2019 Speech from the Throne, the Government of Yukon recognized there is a climate emergency and also committed to creating a youth panel on climate change.

    Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy outlines how the territory proposes to take action to address the impacts of climate change while building a green economy and ensuring Yukoners have access to reliable, affordable and renewable energy.

    The Youth Panel on Climate Change will be supported by BYTE – Empowering Youth.

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