Climate change is the greatest challenge of this generation. Wildsight launched the Youth Climate Corps (YCC) in the fall of 2020. The YCC empowers young people to inspire and implement solutions to the climate crisis through employment, training, and leadership development.
Our inaugural YCC crew was based in the West Kootenay region surrounding Nelson. From September 2020 to January 2021, 14 crew members ages 19 – 29 were engaged in a variety of projects related to both climate mitigation and adaptation including wildfire risk reduction, local food security, energy efficiency, community engagement, and youth leadership. Along the way, the crew gained both “hard” and “soft” skills beneficial for future careers that are both personally fulfilling, and help our society meet the climate change challenge.
Over 2021-2022, we plan to run multiple YCC crew seasons in both the West Kootenays (Nelson-based) and Kimberley-Cranbrook.
Over years to come, Wildsight will continue working to launch YCC crews in other locations across the Columbia Basin.
Read all the latest Youth Climate Corps news here.
For more info, please contact Graeme Lee Rowlands (Program Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a voicemail for Graeme at 250.427.9325 extension 230.