LCOY Canada 2022 is 100% virtual conference on October 22 to allow everyone the chance to attend without obstacles.
LCOY Canada is inviting youth (ages 15-35) and youth organizations to come together to discuss climate change in Canada and plan together what we can do about it.
LCOYs are designed to allow youth of a country to contribute to the work being done at the highest level of the United Nations. All LCOYs write an Output policy document demanding global decision makers at COP to take action on climate change.
Sometimes conferences have a tendency to not amount toward any specific action afterward. We are designing LCOY Canada 2022 to be better than that, so every youth that attends finds something they can start doing tomorrow for climate action.
Dr. Xuebin Zhang is Senior Research Scientist with Climate Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada. His main research interest is the understanding of how and why the climate, in particular its extreme weather and climate events, has changed over the past century and how it is likely to change in the future. He works closely with the users of climate information. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for the journal Weather and Climate Extremes. He served as a coordinating lead author for the chapter on Weather and Climate Extreme Events in a Changing Climate of the IPCC 6th Assessment WGI Report, and he was also a lead author for the IPCC Special Report on managing the risks of extreme events and the 5th Assessment Working Group I Report. In addition, he led the assessment on changes in temperature and precipitation for Canada’s Changing Climate Report.
Dr. Stephen Sheppard is a Professor Emeritus and Director Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning at the Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. His research focuses on climate change planning, outreach, and community engagement, to name a few. He published more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in reputed journals. He is also the author of an influential book, visualizing climate change. He led UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Tools and spearheaded many cool community-based climate solutions programs such as The Cool 'Hoods Champs program. His works have been widely featured on CBC, CTV, and other local networks.
Julie Dabrusin is a long-time resident of Toronto-Danforth who is committed to building up federal support for a strong, safe and sustainable city. She advocates for public transit, housing, the arts and small businesses. Julie has worked with the community on strengthening gun control and taking action to fight climate change. Currently, she is a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and a Member of the Natural Resources Committee.
Patrick Weiler is the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver – Sunshine Coast – Sea to Sky Country. Before entering politics, Patrick was an environmental and Aboriginal lawyer and international development professional with deep roots in the communities which he has been representing in Parliament since 2019.
Professor Robert Kozak is Dean of the Faculty of Forestry. His research and teaching focus on providing solutions to complex issues related to sustainable development, forestry, wood products and the emerging conservation economy. He has published more than 200 scholarly peer-review publications and was awarded IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award, the Killam Teaching Prize and the Doctor of Agriculture and Forestry honoris causa, University of Helsinki.
Dr. Danielle Ignace is an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Natural Sciences at the Faculty of Forestry. She is an enrolled member of the Coeur d’Alene tribe and a broadly trained ecophysiologist with a passion for science communication. Her research and teaching focus on how global change impacts ecosystem function and Indigenous communities. Dr. Ignace is deeply committed to developing Indigenous curricula and her unique perspective bridges Indigenous communities, people of colour, and scientists.
An Output Document is required by YOUNGO and their LCOY Earth working group (the organizers of LCOYs around the world) for each LCOY in a given year to publish after their conference. Based on what happens at the LCOY, the conference organizers detail demands the youth of their country make to their decision makers in terms of climate action. Each LCOY submits their Output Document to COY to be included in the Global Youth Position Statement for the year. This Global Youth Statement is presented during COP during Youth & Public Empowerment Day.
Of course! You can view it on our Output Document page
Awarded East Coast Engagement partner for reaching out to 1000 schools in Eastern Canada
The Asia Forest Research Centre is a cross-departmental entity within the Faculty of Forestry, with the ability to promote regionally specific research to enhance forestry practices and knowledge in Asia. Seeking to enhance the research capacity at UBC, the Centre facilitates forestry research by both domestic and international students and scholars. A comprehensive network involving scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders will be extended by research and support conducted at the AFRC and will further advance Asian forestry research.
Human and Nature Youth Club is focused on providing educational and fun programs for youth, with an emphasis on developing their naturalistic intelligence and social responsibility. We are focused on empowering the next generation of leaders to develop a life-long drive for environmental activism.
Before various groups from across Canada are able to work jointly on initiatives, it’s important for us to meaningfully listen and understand each other.
At LCOY Canada 2022:
The transition to a just and sustainable Canadian future is not as easy as turning off the oil pumps and opening windfarms. To fundamentally change every system humans have created will be harder than the work we did to create them. Fundamental change requires cooperation and humility. It is naïve to think we will never have to cooperate with fossil fuel companies or groups that we don't politically align with to achieve the future we most desire. By making a meaningful pause, to listen and understand first, we can more effectively approach working together on climate change in Canada. If, and only if, we bring these attributes to LCOY Canada 2022, will we have a chance at creating a just and sustainable Canadian future.
Many countries, as a part of the 2015 Paris Agreement, have selected the year 2030 in pledging to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
LCOY Canada 2022 will be happening 7 years, 2 months, and 11 days before 1 January 2030.
While 7 years may feel far away, it is an exceptionally small amount of time to pivot Canada’s 39 Million people to a sustainable future.
Canada will need to fundamentally change every societal system the modern world has created from transportation and energy generation to resource harvesting and food production.
Canada’s transition to a sustainable future cannot wait, and we are the current generation of youth that needs to start acting today - in any way that they can. Each speaker at LCOY Canada will be asked to include meaningful steps that participants can take starting the day after LCOY Canada 2022. Whether it will be to sign a petition, to send a letter to your community, or to begin your own mini-project, LCOY Canada 2022 is being designed to allow youth to take a climate change field that they like and be able to personally contribute to its transition to a just and sustainable future.