The Centre for Ecocities is collaborating with Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) to deliver the first cross-Canada pilot of Climate Changemakers Youth Leadership Training.
This initiative will provide the foundation for a broader global programme the Centre for Ecocities is developing with input from staff from UN-Habitat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
This initial three-hour workshop will provide training for youth to become climate change leaders in Canada. The primary participants will be those involved across the country in CICan’s Career Launcher program, a federally funded initiative that helps young emerging professionals find employment. BCIT’s alumni and students are also invited to be part of the training.
Through the pilot training, participants will learn how to leverage their impact as sustainability and climate leaders through whatever career path they choose.
The Climate Changemakers Youth Leadership Training pilot workshop will be delivered in a three-hour webinar on April 9th, immediately following the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum 2021 on homelessness, taking place April 7 and 8.
The Climate Changemakers Youth Leadership workshop will provide engaged young leaders with the skills, attitudes, knowledge, and experience needed to increase their capacity to influence positive change in their communities and unpack and promote a carbon neutral “one planet” lifestyle. The training will provide:
- An overview of sustainability challenges, orientation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and an introduction to science-based and action-oriented tools drawn from the World Environmental Situation Room (UNEP), the City Prosperity Index (UN-Habitat), and the Sustainable Living Protocol developed by the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
- Leadership training, including how to organize and coordinate climate impactful projects in communities.
- Communication training in social media and inter-governmental communications.
These skills empower the youth to become “Climate Changemaker emissaries”.