Who has the determination, collaboration, and creativity needed to find bold, innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges? Canadian youth are 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.

In alignment with International Youth Day, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, announced the inaugural members of the new Environment and Climate Change Youth Council. The council will work to promote intergenerational solidarity through a diverse group of 10 young Canadians who will advise the minister and departmental officials on key environmental and climate issues.

“The Environment and Climate Change Youth Council provides a dedicated space for the Government of Canada to hear from passionate young Canadians on pressing climate and environmental issues and to collaborate on solutions,” said Guilbeault. “I look forward to working with and learning from these exemplary young Canadians who are taking climate action within their communities.”

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.

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“As we strive towards achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, it’s important to engage with youth. This Council provides an excellent opportunity for young Canadians to work together to develop real solutions to tackle climate change,” said Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth. “The skills, experience, and ingenuity these members bring provide a valuable contribution to Canada’s efforts towards a better environment and a better future for all. We warmly welcome the inaugural members of this Council.”

The Youth Council members will serve two-year terms. Members were selected from applications received following a call for applications directed at Canadians and permanent residents between the ages of 18 and 25 who reflect the diversity of young people in Canada.

Image credit: Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Members of the Environment and Climate Change Youth Council:

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