Reaffirming its commitment to engage the next generation in the collective fight against climate change, the Manitoba government is inviting youth across the province to apply to the next cohort of the Youth Advisory Council on the Climate and Green Plan, Environment, Climate and Parks Minister Jeff Wharton announced today.
“Young people have valuable ideas on mitigating climate change and our government recognizes the tremendous value of their forward-thinking perspectives,” said Wharton. “On Youth and Future Generations Day at COP27 — the United Nations conference on climate change — the Manitoba government is pleased to announce applications are now open for the next cohort of the Youth Advisory Council.”
Applications are open to Manitoba youth who:
- are between 15 and 29 years of age on Jan. 1, 2023;
- represent the diversity of Manitoba;
- are knowledgeable about issues related to the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan;
- demonstrate a proven interest in environmental issues and community engagement;
- are able to engage in respectful, open discussion and be tolerant of conflicting viewpoints; and
- are not employed by the Manitoba government.
The minister noted applications are due at midnight on Nov. 30. The new cohort is expected to be in place in January 2023. Members will serve a one-year term until January 2024.
The Youth Advisory Council receives its mandate from, and reports to the minister’s Expert Advisory Council on the Climate and Green Plan. This independent group of experts has a mandate to provide advice and recommendations to the minister on implementing the climate and green plan in such areas as climate mitigation and adaptation, low-carbon economy, transportation and energy.
The minister noted the youth council was first established in September 2019, adding the two past cohorts provided critical forward-thinking input into several key strategies and recommendations on Manitoba youth’s perspective on climate change, as well as providing input into the Expert Advisory Council’s recommendations on green transportation and a provincial water strategy.
For more information on the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan and to apply for the Youth Advisory Council visit https://manitoba.ca/climateandgreenplan/yac.html.
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