Climate Action Program Launches New Youth Education Partnership

Jan 15, 2010

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District’s Climate Action Program has launched a new Youth Climate Education Partnership for 2010. The partnership will work with The BC Sustainable Energy Association, the Sierra Club of BC, and the BC Campus Climate Network to provide climate change education to more than 3,600 students across the region.

The CRD Climate Action Program was established in 2009 and acts as a resource, hub and facilitator on climate change issues in the CRD. The program serves and works in cooperation with local governments, electoral areas, non-profit organizations, the public and private sector and local citizens to reduce emissions and build capacity for “future friendly” communities on Southern Vancouver Island.

The Partnership will engage youth and young adults in the region on climate change in order to reduce emissions and prepare for future impacts.

  • The BC Sustainable Energy Association will deliver its Climate Change Showdown workshop to Grades 5 and 6 students in elementary schools across the region.
  • The Sierra Club of BC will work with secondary schools, including Edward Milne, Belmont, Gulf Island, Stelly’s, Claremont and Parkland to deliver its Sustainable High School Program.
  • The Campus Climate Network will engage in events and activities at Royal Roads, the University of Victoria and Camosun College through the Go Beyond Program.

Through training, mentoring, workshops, action planning and monitoring, the partnership will aim at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the region.

  • “By establishing relationships with three credible organizations to deliver established programs in our school systems, said Sarah Webb, Climate Action Program Coordinator, “the Youth Climate Education Partnership will help young residents, their families and their educational institutions achieve meaningful greenhouse gas reductions at the local and regional level.”

For further information on the Climate Action Program.

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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD
Tel: 250.360.3308
Cell: 250.216.4427