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EventsToronto: Youth Climate Action Summit

September 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

| Free

More than ever, young Canadians are raising their voices to bring awareness to the climate crisis. But how can young people get their voices listened to in the halls of power? On September 22nd, young leaders will meet in Toronto to develop their skills as climate activists and advocates in their communities.

The Youth Climate Action Summit will offer young people skills and guidance from a range of climate and advocacy professionals, providing them with tools to help make their climate leadership goals happen. You’ll hear from other young organizers, attend skills workshops and get the latest science directly from climate experts. Most importantly, you will learn strategies for empowering decision makers to stand with young people at this critical time in our history.

Why should you come to the Youth Climate Action Summit? To get inspired, to build your skills, and to build your network.

Who should attend? This event is for young climate leaders (approximately ages 16-22), whether you’re an experienced leader or just starting to think about organizing in your school or community.

The Sandbox Project and the Young Canadians Roundtable on Health are proud to be part of a collaborative hosting team that includes Dr. Dianne Saxe (former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario), Irwin Elman (former Ontario Child Advocate), Jan Kasperski, Climate Strike Canada, ClimateFast, Fridays for Future Toronto and KAIROS.

Program Highlights


• Irwin Elman, former Ontario Child Advocate
• Allie Rougeot, Fridays for Future Toronto/Climate Strike Canada
• Emma Lim, Climate Strike Canada
• Dr. Dianne Saxe, President, Saxe Facts and 2015-2019 Environmental Commissioner of Ontario


• Evolutionary leadership skills lab

• Civil disobedience and the law

•  Q&A with a climate scientist

• How climate impacts health, and how to talk about it

• How to talk effectively to government and media


We have space for a maximum of 100 young climate leaders. First priority spots at the summit will go to active members of Climate Strike Canada and Fridays for Future. If you are active in those networks, contact Emma Lim or Allie Rougeot right away for the sign up link.

Any spots that are still available September 9 will be opened to the public, ages 16 to 22. To apply for one of those spots, please send a paragraph to merayner@sandboxproject.ca by Monday, September 9 describing how you have been active on climate issues and why you want to attend. If you are selected, we will send you the registration link. Registration is FREE but you must sign up by September 18th.

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