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International Youth Day - Celebrating Youth Leaders Fighting for the Environment
On August 12, we celebrated International Youth Day with an event to highlight inspirational Canadian youth leaders of today as well as hear from youth allies. We are inviting you to join us as a speaker for the event.
Considering the extreme weather and harm, due to climate change, that Canada is facing, the theme of this year’s event is “Youth Stepping Up to the Challenge”.
Canada’s youth are often voiceless in decisions that will affect their future, yet we know that young people are full of innovations that can help solve our biggest environmental problems.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. International Youth Day can be a positive opportunity to support the youth leaders of today with both the platform and relationships they need to excel.
International Youth Day: Canadian Youth Leading the Fight for Social Justice & the Environment!
MLA Niki Sharma - Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits
MLA Sonia Furstenau - Leader of the Green Party of BC
Erin Whittingham - Nature Canada
Flossie Baker - Sierra Club of BC
Kyle Empringham - Co-founder of The Starfish Canada
Chúk Odenigbo - Founder of Future Ancestors Services
Ryan Chan - Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice
Aadil Nathani - Green Ummah
Panel 1: Shir Gruber (International Youth Day)
Intermission Speaker: Nayeli Jimenez (International Youth Day)
Panel 2: Alexander Torrealbaint (International Youth Day)
Panel 2: Raaj Chatterjee (International Youth Day)
Panel 3: Manvi Bhalla (International Youth Day)
Panel 3: Dakota Norris (International Youth Day)
Final Comments: Eknoor Kaur (International Youth Day)
Introduction: Ibrahim Tyab (International Youth Day)
Panel 1:Hailey Renaud (International Youth Day)
Panel 3: Tesicca Truong (International Youth Day)
Saving Our Planet: Faith In Action (World Ocean Environment Day & World Ocean Day)- 2021
Saving Our Planet: Faith in Action was a two-session virtual event featuring a diverse speaker lineup including clergy from several faith traditions, elected officials, and environmental experts, timed to coincide with World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8).
We hosted this event in our role as British Columbia’s Official Faith Based Community Conveners for Anti-Racism Initiatives, because we recognize that climate change impacts racialized communities in outsize ways.
We believe that our diverse faith communities are uniquely equipped to consider the complex circumstances contributing to climate change and our collective moral obligation to mitigate its impacts. And we recognize an extraordinary opportunity for us to come together as a multi-faith community to take action, together, on climate change.
Environmental Thought Leaders and Activists
As part of our mission to amplify the voices of those working to address the shared challenges we face, we have interviewed leading voices in the environmentalism filed. Our podcast dives deep into the history, motivation, mission, and accomplishments of these Leading Voices.
The Starfish Canada(Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25)
The Starfish Canada celebrates young environmental leaders by connecting them with a platform for storytelling and a community of change-makers. Through their national platform young changemakers are able to advocate for the environmental issues that matter to them, and make their voices heard.
Based in facts and Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Through their work, they ensure what they do is based in sound science, research and in the learnings and teachings of traditional ways of being. Action-oriented: their work provides Canada’s youth the platform to make a positive difference for Canada's natural environment. Engaging: They discuss environmental topics through mediums that provide high-quality participation and mentorship. They go beyond surface-level issues to get to the heart of what matters: our world, and our future.