Youth Climate Action Summit
Tuesday, November 14, 2023
9 am to 4 pm
North Grenville Municipal Centre
REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED - EVENT IS FULL!
Youth Climate Action Summit
Tired of hearing about climate change? Ready to do something about it?
Welcome to the Youth Climate Action Summit – For Youth, By Youth!
Connect, Discover, Create
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What is the Youth Climate Action Summit?
Choose 2 interactive workshops that interest you.
Meet the 2023 Speakers!
Rebecca Shams (she/her) is a Health Promoter with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, and works primarily with youth and substance prevention. Rebecca loves working with young people and helping create opportunities for them to engage with their community, make their voices heard and lead both their peers and adults in driving change.
Leela Ramachandran has run organic vegetable farms for over ten years. She helped create and manage the Start-Up Farm Program at Ottawa's Just Food Farm, training and supporting new farmers. She was a founding member and general manager of Farmhouse Food, a farmer co-operative offering a multi-farm CSA program in Ottawa-Gatineau. Leela currently works at Kemptville Campus, where she manages local food programs.
Joe Reid (he/him) is a Health Promotion Consultant with the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit, specializing in healthy environments, including climate change mitigation and adaptation. Joe’s work focuses on policy that creates healthier environments that are more resilient to the impacts of climate change and educating the public about how to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Bonita Eloise Ford M.A., B.Sc. Bonita Eloise Ford is the author of the book “Embers of Hope: Embracing Life in an Age of Ecological Destruction and Climate Chaos.” Bonita facilitates the Youth Climate Circle and mentors facilitators at Youth Climate Lab. She has taught permaculture, Nonviolent Communication, Reiki, and gardening, and she has led groups around the world for over 20 years. Bonita loves eating wild foods, talking to the plants, and dancing barefoot to her favourite music. To learn more about her work, visit www.livinghEARTH.net and www.embersofhopebook.com.
Learn how to turn ideas into action!
1) Identify the Issues – Register by Oct. 16, 2023 and join us online as we collaborate to explore environmental concerns in our communities. There will be new postings every week!
2) Choose a Topic – Join us in-person at the Summit on Nov. 14, 2023. Work with your team to decide which issue to tackle in 2023!
3) Create a Plan! – At the Summit, we’ll cover how to turn an idea into a plan that you can put into action! Our online space will have extra resources and the wisdom of the YCAS community available.
4) Put the Plan into Action! – If you need to adapt your Climate Action Plan, do it!
5) Share! – The YCAS community loves to hear everything about Climate Action Plans – your successes, your challenges, and your adaptations! If you have a CAP that you want to share – let us know!
Osgoode Township High School built a canoe garden with native plants to encourage pollinators. They also planted a microforest in the school yard!
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Wild Center & The Youth Climate Summit
This Youth Climate Summit is based on a model started by The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program. The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program works globally to convene and empower young people to implement climate action plans in their schools and communities through Youth Climate Summits.
For more information on The Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, visit