The Canadian government is accepting applications for the first Youth Council on the Environment and Climate Change

The board will be made up of 10 Canadians between the ages of 18 and 25, who will serve a two-year term.

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Young Canadians concerned about the climate emergency and their future can now apply to become a member of the country’s first Youth Council on Environment and Climate Change.

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Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson made the announcement at Vanier Park on Wednesday in Vancouver.

Wilkinson said the youth council will create opportunities for young people to discuss key issues with the federal government, such as addressing climate change and stemming rapid biodiversity loss.

For example, members will help shape environmental policy and advise on huge challenges such as how to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and zero plastic waste by 2030.

The board will be made up of 10 Canadians between the ages of 18 and 25. Interested young people are encouraged to apply by August 18 online at

“When it comes to the major challenges of our time – climate change, biodiversity loss and plastic pollution – young people are calling on their governments to rise to the challenge,” said Wilkinson.

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“The new Youth Council on Environment and Climate Change will provide a great opportunity for young Canadians to have their voices heard in the development of key environmental policies and plans that will shape their future. I encourage all interested young people to apply and look forward to engaging with the Youth Council.

Youth council members will serve a two-year term on a voluntary basis and will meet every four months. Members can expect to devote approximately five hours per month to board-related activities.

All nominees must be nominated by an organization such as a non-profit or charitable organization, Indigenous organization, youth group or community group.

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