Youth Climate Ambassador program

Garibaldi Green Team at a Youth Climate Ambassador workshop.

What is the Youth Climate Ambassador program?

Many resources already exist to teach youth about the science of climate change and the urgent threat it poses to our society. But the evidence suggests that informing youth about climate change is not enough, and providing presentations only on the science of climate change can leave participants feeling worried, anxious, and unable to engage.

Our workshops aim to supplement existing resources with information about how high school students can become “Climate Ambassadors” and encourage their local communities to take action on climate change. By empowering young people to act, and demonstrating how effective their actions can be, we aim to foster a sense of agency and purpose.

Each workshop is facilitated by youth volunteers who can meaningfully relate to and engage with their high school peers.

During Covid restrictions, workshops are taking place by Zoom.

Messages from Maple Ridge youth. School strikes for climate, 2019.

Workshop objectives

  • Provide participants with hope and agency through compelling, powerful and inspiring stories.

  • Affirm participants' experiences and feelings about climate change.

  • Help participants understand climate change as a social justice issue, as well as an environmental crisis.

  • Give participants tools and frameworks to be effective climate activists and communicators.

  • Activate participants’ imaginations for effective strategies to encourage others to support climate solutions, policies, and action.

Workshop format & content

  • Provide participants with hope and agency through compelling, powerful and inspiring stories.

  • Affirm participants' experiences and feelings about climate change.

  • Help participants understand climate change as a social justice issue, as well as an environmental crisis.

  • Give participants tools and frameworks to be effective climate activists and communicators.

  • Activate participants’ imaginations for effective strategies to encourage others to support climate solutions, policies, and action.

Volunteer opportunities

If you are:

  • passionate about empowering youth

  • committed to climate justice

  • between the ages of 17 and 24 years old, and

  • based in Ridge Meadows...

... it would be awesome to have you on our team!

Learn more about volunteering as a workshop facilitator.

We gratefully acknowledge the UBC Climate Hub and Be the Change Earth Alliance for creating and generously sharing their format, training and resources for the Youth Climate Ambassador program.