Youth Narratives Project

About the Project

The Youth Narratives Project is an exciting energy and environmental literacy initiative that aims to help education agencies and teachers better understand climate-energy language and approaches that resonate with youth audiences. 

Beginning October 2019 until June 2020, our goal is to explore how to talk about energy and climate with a spectrum of youth audiences in Alberta, both urban and rural communities. These structured conversations will take place with students in grades 4-6; 7-9; 10-12 and form the basis for recommendations in ACEE’s ‘What is Excellent Climate Change Education?’ guidebook. 

Through this important work, teachers and groups will better understand how to talk about energy and climate in Alberta, as well as what motivates youth, and how educators can create conditions for long-term success.

As part of this work, we will also conduct a youth survey (ages 15-24) to measure levels of youth environmental, energy and climate literacy in Alberta. This work will support the narratives research and will complement the youth polling ACEE completed in 2010.

Meet the Team

Get to know Shelagh and Maria, our Youth Narratives Project classroom workshop leaders! 

Thank you to the following for supporting this work



“Schools should prepare us for the future, not the past. The future of the world will be built on sustainability. If we learn what sustainable technologies are available when we are in school, we will be able to help shape the future of global sustainability when we graduate.” 

- Quinn, student at Jasper Place high school in Edmonton