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Youth Action on Climate Change Comes to UWaterloo
Passionate about fighting climate change but don’t know how to get involved? Now is your chance to gain some leadership skills with Youth Action of Climate Change (YACC) [external link]. For the very first time, YACC is expanding to Waterloo and will be hosting a Youth Climate Leadership Workshop event [external link] on Saturday, July 13.
Similar to Velocity, YACC is a community incubator that strives to empower youth and create an environment that cultivates young environmentally minded leaders. They are driven by their four core principles: ecological literacy, civic engagement, professional development, and the solutions economy.
Originally started at the University of Guelph in November 2018, YACC was inspired by youth climate movements around the world, especially the case in the United States where youth mobilized to sue the United States government for their right to a healthy environment. They wanted to generate the same passionate energy for youth and the environment here in Canada as well.
“This is the generation that is going to have to deal with the consequences of climate change,” said YACC founder and executive director, Emily De Sousa. “Many young people are terrified of this and we want to move away from this fear paralysis and instead encourage mobilization and real action on climate.”
At their first launch in Guelph, around 100 high school students gathered with them to discuss ideas on how to fight climate change locally. They are currently working on projects that were inspired by that event, such as a youth-led research project on active transportation that will be used to advocate for increased infrastructure for environment friendly transportation methods in the city.
“YACC focuses on getting young people the resources they need and getting them in front of the right decision makers, all the while, connecting them with other like-minded youth in order to mobilize on collective action,” said De Sousa.
The workshop taking place at Waterloo will be designed similarly as their first launch in Guelph, where students will be able to network with other like-minded students, voice their own solutions on climate change solutions, and have the opportunity to work in groups to determine how to turn their ideas into reality.
Interested in finding out more about YACC? Send them an email!.