February 27th Youth and Climate Change Event

You are invited to this half-day festival of student leadership -- showcasing and contrasting the climate change stories, ideas, experiences, images and recommendations of students from Alberta and around the world. 

February 27th – 10:00am to 2:15pm (public); 9:30 to 3:15 (schools that are part of the Fair)

NAIT: Main foyer in Centre for Applied Technology - 11763 106 Street NW, Edmonton, AB

Who should attend?

  • The general public
  • High school students/teachers and post-secondary students/instructors
  • Those working in climate change, energy, sustainability
  • Education leaders (trustees, administrators, etc.)
  • Media

You will:

  • Learn from Alberta students and students from 12 other countries as they outline the challenges and recommendations to reform education and action on climate change
  • View student-created videos
  • Become inspired to create change by interacting with Alberta students regarding their recommendations for taking action on climate change
  • Discover what is being done here in Edmonton, Alberta and Canada to take action on climate change from invited guests: Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, Hon. David Eggen, Minister of Education, Mayor of Edmonton and Councillors, Members of Parliament

Timing for event:

  • 10:00 to 11:00, 11:30 to 12:15, 1:15 to 1:45 – student fair of recommendations for taking action on climate change
  • 11:00 to 11:30 – welcome from NAIT and ACEE - video/film presentations
  • 12:15 – 1:15 – main presentations – guests and students from Alberta and around the world
  • 1:45 to 2:15 – top 3 student fair presentations and guest panel
  • 2:30 - 3:15 - school groups only - workshop - learning/engagement with community/expert resources

Student Fair of Recommendations for Taking Action on Climate Change

Junior and senior high students (Edmonton area) this is your chance to share your voice and provide recommendations on what can be done in your schools, communities or in your own town/city to take action on climate change. To be part of the Student Fair you would need to answer the following questions:

  • What is your recommendation for taking action on climate change in your school/community or city?
  • How will it help reduce greenhouse gas emissions or the impacts of climate change?

Dream big - this doesn't have to be something you'll implement but something you'd recommend - if you could make a suggestion to decision-makers, what would it be?

How to become part of the Student Fair

  • Groups (with teacher support) are asked to apply by January 19th, 2018.
  • The recommendation and rationale can be created by small groups of students (only 3 will be able to showcase the recommendation during the student fair).
  • To apply you will need to provide details regarding the school, teacher and students; describe your recommendation; identify the topic for your recommendation, describe how you will develop your rationale and gather evidence to support your recommendation; and indicate that a group of students (max. of 3) and a teacher can attend on February 27th (teacher release provided, if needed). 
  • Selection criteria for the schools groups will be based on a number of factors (e.g. teacher must be able to attend with students on Feb. 27th, strength of recommendation and merit, representation from a diverse cross-section of schools in the Edmonton region).
  • Groups will be notified by January 26th and must confirm participation by February 5th.
  • As part of the fair, you will create two posters - one stating your recommendation (with images) and one with the research/rationale/evidence showing the merit of how it reduces greenhouse gas emissions or the impacts of climate change.
  • Senior high teachers are welcome to bring classes to the event (not dependent on being selected to be part of the student fair).

School groups APPLY NOW! Deadline January 19th, 2018.

For more information or questions, contact kathy[at]abcee.org

The City of Edmonton is hosting a series of Community Events leading up to the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference being held in Edmonton, March 5-7, 2018 and the Youth and Climate Change is one of these events.

The Community Event partners

City of Edmonton, Grant MacEwan University, University of Alberta and the Northern Alberta Institute for Technology.

Community Event Sponsors 

ATCO, Enmax

Youth and Climate Change Event Partners