Columbia Basin youth take part in weather events – Nelson Star

Columbia Basin youth, ages 14-18, had the opportunity this winter and spring to attend a virtual climate action forum in February and a follow-up food and nutrition workshop. climate action in March.

The goal was to connect, learn and be inspired by the many opportunities and pathways for climate action. To attend, 80 participants gathered in the youth networks of their respective communities, then connected to the online event.

The event was made possible by the Basin Youth Network, which Columbia Basin Trust launched in 2016 to help communities across the region expand local activities and opportunities for young people, enabling them to learn new skills and engage with each other and with their communities.

The forums covered topics such as fostering climate dialogue, indigenous clean energy, how businesses can approach climate action, and how research and data can inform climate action. climate justice.

There were five presenters from across Canada, including Leeza Perehudoff from Castlegar, a graduate student researching rural resilience at Selkirk College.

Perehudoff was impressed by the eagerness with which young people contributed to the virtual chat.

“They thought about humans and different demographics like old and young, and how different disruptions affect us all, like floods and fires,” she said.

The young organizers of the forum also wanted to go further; they wanted young people in the basin to think about concrete climate action solutions for local situations. This took place at the Food and Climate Action Workshop, hosted by Starfish, a nonprofit that connects young environmental leaders.

“It’s all about food, food production and food waste and their impact on climate change,” says Mike Kent, Regional Coordinator of the Basin Youth Network. “Small groups looked at different aspects of this and brainstormed potential solutions.”

Young people watched videos on the challenges of food production; global land use, household waste and composting, soil health and regional fair practices. They brainstormed and debated dozens of ideas on how to optimize local lands for healthy soils and food, support local food production, and create a better global food system.

“It was very inspiring for me to participate in the Climate Action Forum and realize how many young people in the basin are committed to climate action,” Perehudoff said. “To me, I felt like my message was heard because of their tremendous engagement with the questions I asked them.”

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