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Ottawa, Feb 11 (Canadian-Media): Youth being among those leading the challenge of climate change towards a cleaner future, a funding of $200,000 through the federal government’s Climate Action Fund to the Youth Climate Lab was announced today by the the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, media reports said.
Youth Climate Lab. Image credit: Twitter
Climate Action Fund intake funded a total of 19 projects from the 2019–20 .
“When it comes to climate change, young people know that the stakes are high and...FutureXChange are a great example...As we aim for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, our Government continues to work toward increased ambitions to ensure a cleaner, more prosperous future for our kids and our grandkids,“ said Wilkinson.
“FutureXChange cultivates space and resources for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from all corners of Canada to learn, share their skills and knowledge, and activate their communities to safeguard our collective future,” said Dominique Souris, Executive Director, Youth Climate Lab.
The creation of the FutureXChange program, developed by Youth Climate Lab in partnership with the Gwich’in Tribal Council and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, would be supported by this fund to provide fifteen young Canadians with the required tools to create their own climate projects around Traditional Knowledge and climate policy.
Up to $3 million annually is provided by the Climate Action Fund to support projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and research and educational institutions to raise awareness of climate change and encourage others to take meaningful climate action.
Half of the fifteen young participants have been selected from Gwich’in communities and the other half from southern Canada.
With their role as Community Activators, these young adults have now spread across the country to build local climate projects in their communities and raise awareness about climate change through digital outreach, community workshops, and conferences.
Over 150,000 Canadians are expected to be reached by this project.