Basin Youth Network Climate Action Forum

The Climate Action Forum is a unique climate leadership development opportunity for Basin youth aged 14-18 to connect with, learn about and be inspired by the many opportunities and pathways of climate action.

The Climate Action Forum event kicked off online and in-person throughout the Basin on February 23, 2022, followed by the Food and Climate Action Workshop on March 2, 2022 hosted by The Starfish. It’s not too late to participate in the Climate Action Challenge happening the whole month of March!

February 23, 2022 at 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MT

During the Climate Action Forum you will hear from five youth presenters as they share their climate action journeys. This is an opportunity to engage with local youth climate action leaders. Join others from across the Basin and get inspired by the different ways that youth are making a difference in our region and beyond

This hybrid-model event has Community Youth Networks across the Columbia Basin hosting in-person events in their community while connecting with presenters and other community networks virtually. Participants may also attend virtually if they are unable to attend an in-person local event.

March 2nd, 2022 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MT

This youth-facilitated workshop will highlight how everything we do impacts all other aspects of life around us. However, to get things done, it is important to act on climate action.

How should these goals be determined? Is there an ethical component to climate action? This is where it will be up to you as the participants to decide. The workshop includes creative digital tools, deep discussions, and debate, as well as local case studies and breakout rooms to brainstorm solutions.

Bio: The Starfish is a national charitable not-for-profit organization offering high-quality programming and workshops to schools and communities, and it supports young environmental leaders by connecting them with a platform for storytelling and a community of change-makers. The Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Enviromentalists Under 25 Program celebrates and rewards Canadian youth (some who have been as young as 8 years old!) for their incredible passion and love for the environment and their communities.

Abhay Singh Sachal

From Empathy to Action: Fostering Climate Dialogue and Promoting Youth Action

Bio: Abhayjeet (Abhay) Singh Sachal is a 19-year-old Canadian humanitarian, environmentalist, and activist who believes that engagement in dialogue and conversation can serve to spark change around the world. After a trip to the Arctic in 2016, Abhay co-founded Break The Divide Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects youth around the world with one another. Based on principles of environmentalism, sustainability, and reconciliation, Break The Divide focuses on fostering empathy and understanding to inspire action projects in communities. Abhay has been a key presenter at numerous international conferences in his efforts to share environmental and educational knowledge. Abhay was recently named one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists and featured as one of 10 International Youth Changemakers in Canada. He is also an avid ice hockey player and pianist. Abhay is a student at the University of Toronto, studying Global Health and Peace & Conflict Studies.

Freddie Campbell

Indigenous Clean Energy is Sustainable Climate Action

Freddie’s presentation will cover her cultural, academic, athletic and career journey across three different countries. Her experiences and perspectives are grounded in decolonial, 2SLGBTQQIA+ and intersectional feminist approaches. Her presentation aims to share her story while providing areas for discussion and shared learning with other presenters and youth.

Bio: Freddie Huppé Campbell (she/her) is a proud 25-year-old Métis woman from the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa Nation, also known as Kimberley, BC and currently resides on the traditional, unceded, unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Nation – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She leads Indigenous Clean Energy’s (ICE) Global Hub, focusing on the acceleration of clean energy microgrids in Indigenous, island, coastal and remote communities as a core component of just global climate action.

Leeza Perehudoff

Informing our Future: How Research and Data are Advancing Climate Justice

How can research or data help advance climate justice? At Selkirk College, research teams are supporting rural communities to adapt and thrive under rapid change. Learn about the innovative solutions that are providing access to accurate, credible, and timely information and encouraging the understanding of complex issues and trends over time.

Bio: Leeza Perehudoff (she/her/hers) is a 25-year-old settler on the unceded traditional territories of the Sn̓ʕay̓čkstx (Sinixt), Syilx (Okanagan), and Ktunaxa peoples and has been a nearly life-long resident of the area known as “Castlegar”. She is an alumna of Selkirk College, with a Technical Diploma in Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife and a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems. Since 2020, Leeza has been supporting rural resilience research at Selkirk College’s Applied Research and Innovation Centre. She primarily works on the State of the Basin research initiative, which provides access to data that Columbia Basin-Boundary communities and organizations can use to support evidence-based decision-making.

Myles Peterson

Problem? Opportunity. Where business meets climate action.

All problems, even the environmental ones, have solutions. Anybody can work to make the planet a better place, and by trying to do so in innovative ways can create opportunities for themselves, the people around them, and the environment.

Bio: My name is Myles Peterson and I’m 19 and the founder of the Terracore Plastic Company. After a lot of work throughout high school to overcome financial hardship, I was able to save up enough money to start a recycling company, which today manufactures some of the world’s most innovative building products. You can read more about my story here.

Emily Markholm

Youth Climate Corps: Learning in Action

In the Wildsight’s newly launched Youth Climate Corps, crew members ages 17-29 earn wages, gain work experience, build networks, and develop themselves personally and professionally. Meanwhile, they complete projects that both benefit their own communities and support global efforts to act on the climate crisis. Emily will be presenting on the experience of the YCC and the vision for the future of the program.

Bio: Emily Markholm is currently Wildsight’s Youth Climate Corps (YCC) Special Projects Coordinator. She has lived in the Columbia Basin for most of her life and is passionate about local climate action initiatives. Emily was a crew member of the 2020 Youth Climate Corps pilot program in Nelson, BC.  She attended Selkirk College in Castlegar for a diploma in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife and returned to school this fall at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George where she is studying Wildlife and Fisheries. Emily sits on the Youth Executive Committee of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation where she is actively involved in co-hosting the Sierra Youth Podcast. 

The Starfish

From Global to Local: Food and Climate Action

This youth-facilitated workshop will highlight how everything we do impacts all other aspects of life around us. However, to get things done, it is important to act on climate action.

How should these goals be determined? Is there an ethical component to climate action? This is where it will be up to you as the participants to decide. The workshop includes creative digital tools, deep discussions, and debate, as well as local case studies and breakout rooms to brainstorm solutions.

Bio: The Starfish is a national charitable not-for-profit organization offering high-quality programming and workshops to schools and communities, and it supports young environmental leaders by connecting them with a platform for storytelling and a community of change-makers. The Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Enviromentalists Under 25 Program celebrates and rewards Canadian youth (some who have been as young as 8 years old!) for their incredible passion and love for the environment and their communities.

Youth Climate Action Forum:
Click here to contact your local Community Youth Network and register for the in-person event.

Click here to register as a virtual attendee.

Food and Climate Action Workshop:
Click here to register.

We gratefully acknowledge the 10 Basin high school students who volunteered for the forum’s Youth Advisory Group and played a key role in designing this event. We also wish to acknowledge the expert advice and guidance received by two food system champions and experts in the Columbia Basin: Rachael Roussin, Program Coordinator for the Kootenay Boundary Farm Advisors Program, and Melissa Hemphill, Food Security Coordinator responsible for implementing Revelstoke’s Food Security Strategy.