In Year 3 of Co-Creating a Sustainable BC, we worked with youth from the Fraser Valley, Cowichan Valley, Thompson and North-Central BC regions. We are also working with youth in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and Shuswap-North Okanagan regions on Indigenous youth-led solutions for sustainability and climate change. More details on the exciting work that youth in these two regions have been involved with coming soon.
Despite the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to adapt our programming and deliver a successful hybrid (online and in-person) initiative.
Participants met inspiring local leaders from their city/regional district to learn more about what types of climate action are already happening on the ground in the places where they live. This information and the learning about different perspectives other youth participants bring, helped youth discover gaps and unique opportunities that exist in their community, and explore where they could have the most impact with projects. With the support from our facilitators, participants moved towards implementing some exciting projects. We continue to be inspired by the work and value that young people bring to the future of their communities!
The Fraser Valley Cohort created and distributed free booklets with tips, tricks, and community resources that will help vulnerable populations prepare for and navigate extreme weather events, namely low-income families who may not have as many resources.
Thompson cohort assembled mini eco-libraries stocked with books on gardening, local plant identification, and other sustainability topics, as well as seed packets, bookmarks, and a QR code that leads to an online resource of local farmers/food producers.
This cohort decided to design and install a series of map boards that identify greenspaces and outdoor recreation areas within a 15-minute (walking) radius of each sign’s location, placed at 5 high-traffic transit stops in each of the city’s major neighbourhoods.