Youth Empowering Greater Community Climate Solutions

Youth Empowering Greater Community Climate Solutions (YEG-CCS) will demonstrate that youth have the power to kickstart community action toward the City of Edmonton’s climate mitigation goals.

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The King's Centre for Visualization in Science, an internationally recognized research and dissemination centre of The King's University in Edmonton, builds on 15 years of research and development of science-based, peer-reviewed, online, interactive climate education tools, such as the Design Our Climate simulation and the International Year of Chemistry legacy site, Explaining Climate Change. KCVS work is done by a gifted interdisciplinary team of undergraduate students and faculty.

In collaboration with youth, teachers, and community volunteers, the King's Centre for Visualization in Science is developing a suite of interactive online learning resources and school-community partnerships to help Edmontonians take effective climate action. Youth Empowering Greater Community Climate Solutions will bring the Community Energy Transition Strategy to life with Edmonton youth in Fall 2020 - beginning with youth-led teams participating in Youth Have Power. Throughout the 2020/2021 school year, these students will engage their school’s neighbourhood in intergenerational learning, creating community connection, hope, and action, as citizens see the economic, health, and lifestyle opportunities offered by the Community Energy Transition Strategy.

As seen in the 2019 meteoric rise of youth-led climate awareness and action, empowering youth has important ripple effects. Youth also have the highest stakes in the success and details of implementation of Community Climate Solutions. Currently, the COVID-19 crisis highlights that communities welcome opportunities to address a global issue and benefit from support to collaboratively identify impactful action.
Youth Empowering Greater Community Climate Solutions in Edmonton, using trusted KCVS visualization resources, will serve as a powerful pilot to inspire communities around the world.

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