Minister McKenna looks at climate change through the eyes of Canadian youth

Students present recommendations for addressing climate change in their communities.

OTTAWA, May 18, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, participated in the Climate Action 150 virtual town hall along with more than 400 students from across Canada. This national youth-engagement initiative is part of the Climate Action 150 project established by the GreenLearning Canada Foundation—a provider of online educational programs on energy and sustainability.

On behalf of their classmates, students presented their findings on the effects of climate change in their communities, and the actions required to mitigate or adapt to those effects. The students compiled their research and recommendations into a report entitled Calls for Action that they presented to Minister McKenna.

The Climate Action150 project is funded in part by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

 "It is inspiring to see the work and insight these Canadian high schoolers have brought to the challenges of taking action against climate change. All of us owe it to ourselves to create a strong and sustainable economy and to leave our children and grandchildren a cleaner environment. We can't do this without engaging youth."
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick facts

  • Twenty-five high school classes across Canada investigated climate change in their communities: the effects and the actions required to mitigate or adapt to it.
  • During the academic year, the students met in a series of virtual seminars to present their work to experts from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Associated links

Climate Action 150

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Twitter page

Environment and Natural Resources in Canada's Facebook page


SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

For further information: Marie-Pascale Des Rosiers, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 613-462-5473; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)


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