Youth Climate Action Summit

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 from 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

6o Lowther Avenue, Toronto


UPDATE: There are a few spots left! Registration is FREE for youth but you must sign up to reserve your spot.

More than ever, young Canadians are raising their voices to bring awareness to the climate crisis. But how can young people get their voices listened to in the halls of power? On September 22nd, young leaders will meet in Toronto to develop their skills as climate activists and advocates in their communities.

The Youth Climate Action Summit will offer young people skills and guidance from a range of climate and advocacy professionals, providing them with tools to help make their climate leadership goals happen. You'll hear from other young organizers, attend skills workshops and get the latest science directly from climate experts. Most importantly, you will learn strategies for empowering decision makers to stand with young people at this critical time in our history.

Why should you come to the Youth Climate Action Summit? To get inspired, to develop your skills, and to build your network.

Who should attend? This event is for young climate leaders (approximately ages 16-22), whether you're an experienced leader or just starting to think about organizing in your school or community.

Register now!

The Sandbox Project and the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health are proud to be part of a collaborative hosting team that includes Dr. Dianne Saxe (former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario), Irwin Elman (former Ontario Child Advocate), Jan Kasperski, Climate Strike Canada, ClimateFast, Fridays for Future Toronto and KAIROS.

Program Highlights

Opening panel

• Irwin Elman, former Ontario Child Advocate 
• Allie Rougeot, Fridays for Future Toronto/Climate Strike Canada
• Emma Lim, Climate Strike Canada 
• Dr. Dianne Saxe, President, Saxe Facts and 2015-2019 Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Breakout workshops

• Evolutionary leadership skills lab - Building the capacity physically and mentally to be a Warrior for the World with Satya Robinson and Jon Love, JLS Global

About this workshop: Experience powerful speech and action as you wake up, stand up and step up confidently with courage to face the challenges of leadership in the movement to reverse global warming. Articulate your own purpose and commitments, and learn practices to deepen the skills you have developed.

• Investigative skills to get to the truth behind what you’re being told with Sheldon Fernandes, Brightspot Climate

About this workshop: We’re constantly inundated with news from various sources – social media, traditional media, word of mouth, and more. This news is often accompanied by big claims. How do you know who to trust? Should you trust that what they’re saying is accurate? This workshop will develop your investigative skills in order to get to the truth behind what you’re being told.

• Civil disobedience and the law with Marlys Edwardh CM, litigation and civil rights lawyer

 Ask me about climate science with Prof. William Gough, University of Toronto Scarborough

• How climate impacts health, and how to talk about it with Jan Kasperski, PMH Healthcare Consulting

• How to talk effectively to government and media with Don Huff, President of ECO Strategy

We hope you can Join us!

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