Young Canadians have the determination, collaboration, and creativity needed to find bold, innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges. Youth are already setting an example in their communities by promoting sustainable practices and lifestyles that will help move the country towards a greener economy and a safer environmental future.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced the inaugural members of the new Environment and Climate Change Youth Council. The establishment of the Youth Council aligns well with today’s International Youth Day theme to promote intergenerational solidarity, as this diverse group of ten young Canadians will advise the Minister and departmental officials on key environmental and climate issues.
In its first year, the Youth Council will focus on advancing the national climate plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, youth participation in international summits, and nature-based solutions to fight climate change and biodiversity loss.
The Government of Canada is committed to listening to youth and collaborating with them on actionable solutions in an effort to harness individual and collective action to fight climate change and protect nature. The Youth Council is an opportunity for passionate young Canadians to contribute their unique perspectives, create positive change, and develop valuable skills and experience. For more information about the new members and their mandate, go to the Environment and Climate Change Youth Council website.
This is just one of many federal programs and initiatives designed to help youth gain meaningful life and work experience needed in today’s competitive job market.