OTTAWA, Feb. 15, 2019 /CNW/ - Climate change is one of the defining environmental challenges of our time. Increasing education, awareness, and climate action through independent third parties will support Canada's efforts to protect the environment and transition to a cleaner economy.
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced funding through the Climate Action Fund to Ecology Ottawa for their Youth Climate Ambassadors program.
This project will enable 40 young Canadians to receive training and gain climate-related expertise. Ecology Ottawa is helping to raise awareness of climate change, cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders, and make Ottawa greener.
The Climate Action Fund provides up to $3 million to support projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research and educational institutions.
Funded projects will raise awareness of climate change and clean growth and encourage others to take action in support of Canada's climate goals.
"I am inspired by the initiatives being undertaken by Canadians from coast to coast to coast. These initiatives will help others be better informed and take climate action. This funding is supporting our full-time students, youth, and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations in making a difference. Together, we're sharing great ideas that will help raise awareness of the importance of taking climate action right now."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
"Ecology Ottawa is thrilled to receive climate action funding in support of our new Youth Climate Ambassadors program: a year-long project dedicated to equipping young people from across Ottawa with the skills and knowledge necessary to take on climate change at a local level. The Youth Climate Ambassadors program is designed to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders; foster deep connections with a diverse range of local climate advocates; and involve the public through youth-driven, peer-to-peer engagement."
– Robb Barnes, Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa
- Ecology Ottawa will receive up to $125,000 in funding through the Climate Action Fund.
- Funding will allow Ecology Ottawa to launch the Youth Climate Ambassadors program to help increase awareness of climate change and make Ottawa greener.
- The Youth Climate Ambassadors program will hold four public events and make climate action presentations in schools.
- The Climate Action Fund supports initiatives that help bring new ideas and innovations to help tackle climate change and encourage climate action.
- The Climate Action Fund supports projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and research and educational institutions.
- The Climate Action Fund supports the key objectives of Canada's climate plan by making investments in climate solutions.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Sabrina Kim, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-743-7138, [email protected]; Lauren Latour, Renewable City Organizer, Ecology Ottawa, 613-860-5353, [email protected]; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll-free), [email protected]