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Yukon government witnesses conclusions by youth panel on climate change

The Youth Panel on Climate Change met with Premier Sandy Silver and ministers John Streicker and Nils Clarke on Oct. 15 to give their recommendations on climate change. Officials from BYTE (Empowering Youth Society), the Climate Change Secretariat and the Yukon First Nations Climate Fellows also attended the assembly. According to Bruce Porter, a youth panel co-chair, the panel’s recommendations have been focused around the Yukon government’s Our Clean Future document. Porter, 15, stated there have been seven areas recognized that are lacking in the report. “Under those, there’s exclusive guidelines and programs that work toward every goal,” stated Porter. “We have education, capacity building, land use planning, Indigenous sovereignty, nearby transportation and food production, knowledge acquisition and coverage creation and mining and extractive industry.” Porter stated the seven recommendations were concept of during the kids panel’s assembly in August.

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There, they worked with a facilitator who brought them via what a worst-case situation for weather would be like in the Yukon. “From that, it fell into the seven specific categories,” stated Porter. “Then we tried to make it what the best-case situation may want to be.” Porter stated Our Clean Future turned into a huge step in the direction of fighting climate change, however there are still plenty of gaps in it. To him, education is a issue that needs more attention. “It is something I was truly focusing on,” stated Porter. “There isn’t truly plenty approximately that during Our Clean Future.

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Hopefully, this document we provided will help them fill in some of those gaps. More can always be done.” Silver lauded the significance of climate change in a statement following his assembly with the youth panel. “It is important that Yukon youth have an opportunity to have their perspective heard at the selections we make today, on the way to affect them the most,” stated Silver. “Thank you to the youth panel for his or her hard paintings, passion and determination in growing those significant strategies. We will continue to pay attention to younger people on how we are able to better address the climate emergency we face.” Azreil Allen, 20, a youth panel member from Haines Junction and member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations stated climate change is an important topic for her community and herself. “I assume it is crucial for First Nations people to have a say on what’s taking place in our conventional territories,” stated Allen. Most, if not all of the things scientists were coming across about the land and climate change, my people have known for generations.” The Youth Panel includes a numerous organization of eleven young climate leaders who have been decided on in 2020 to serve a one-12 months term that ended Oct. 15. The creation of the panel fulfills a commitment in Our Clean Future. A call for applications to form the next Youth Panel on Climate Change can be introduced later this year.

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