Youth Climate Lab works to support and accelerate youth-led policy, project and business ideas that promote action on climate change. Since our inception in May 2017, we have worked with 30+ partners around the globe to design and pilot 11 projects that have reached thousands of young people in over 35 countries.
Our projects and advocacy efforts in Canada and around the globe are focused on creating opportunities and building skills for youth in climate policy and climate entrepreneurship. Throughout our work, we highlight the cross-cutting nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advocate for SDG 13 as a lens for the entire 2030 Agenda.
Why we exist
YCL was founded to enhance climate ambition in Canada and around the world. The world is on track for catastrophic climate change, and it is clear that the current status quo responses are simply not cutting it. We need to meet and surpass the commitments set in the Paris Agreement, and that requires creative and radically collaborative approaches that meaningfully engage youth as equal partners in action. That is why we focus on: empowering the next generation of climate decision-makers and sparking and supporting youth-led climate entrepreneurship.
The Youth Climate Lab strives to promote social and environmental justice, advocates for intergenerational and intragenerational equity, and recognizes that climate impacts will disproportionately affect women and girls, especially from the Global South.