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Leading Change Forum and Capital Events create action in sustainability.

Our events are a convening space, a stage for fresh ideas, incisive conversations, and a place for young leaders to engage with industry trailblazers. Watch this space and follow us on social media for the latest news on upcoming Leading Change events. Learn more about this past Leading Change Capital below.

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On April 12, 2021 we gathered virtually with young leaders from across Canada to create action in sustainability and innovation. We are proudly brought together an incredible delegation of young leaders in sustainability, engaged sponsors, and ground-breaking partners including speakers and session facilitators on this digital national stage.

Delegates were part of engaging and informative sessions and workshops lead by trailblazers in sustainability like:

CityHive – Co-Creating Climate Action at the Municipal Level

This session will support participants in understanding the levers of change required to take climate action at the municipal level. Cities/municipalities are incredibly important in pushing for climate action as they account for over 50% of emissions. Many levers that have a high impact on our climate exist at the municipal level including zoning, green buildings, utilities, energy use, transportation, and more. However, even youth who are already highly engaged and active within the climate and sustainability communities are often confused and frustrated with having to navigate local decision making.  

The workshop will support youth in a) building up their knowledge on how municipalities are structured and what levers exist, b) identifying key municipal climate policy opportunities and moments, and c) levelling up their skills and confidence in navigating these levers. By utilizing resources such as the Youth Infiltration Manual co-created by Youth Climate Lab and the Climate Caucus, this workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to narrow the gap between youth-led action and local governments. 

Student Energy – Global Youth Energy Outlook Regional Dialogue

Student Energy’s Global Youth Energy Outlook will provide the world’s first global dataset of youth perspectives on the energy transition and will bridge the gap between youth and governments, businesses, innovators and decision-makers so that they can begin working together to address our most urgent needs in the global sustainable energy transition. The project will provide future energy scenarios and include timelines, policy recommendations, tangible pathways for youth to be engaged with the sustainable energy transition, and concurrent regional roadmaps in four priority areas: technology & innovation, finance & investments, policy, and social systems-change action. Student Energy is working with a group of 12 youth Regional Coordinators in 10 regions, including Canada, and a diverse set of Knowledge Partners in developing the harmonization methodology that will be used to do a comprehensive study of Student Energy’s 50,000-person network in over 130 countries. 

Regional Dialogues are 90-minute collaborative sessions designed as a Future Workshop that engage a diverse group of youth participants within their respective regions. The dialogues are facilitated by the Regional Coordinators and are entirely youth-led in their design and implementation with a core focus on collaboration and providing a space for youth. Regional dialogues are the second component of the project’s research phases, the first being a global survey that can be accessed here. 

This Leading Change Regional Dialogue will be focused on the Canadian innovation landscape. Outcomes from this session will form an integral component of the Global Youth Energy Outlook’s research and will provide significant context to Canada’s investment and technology profiles. The project’s final report will launch at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. 

Learn more about the Global Youth Energy Outlook here. Take the 10-minute Global Youth Energy Outlook Questionnaire to help shape your region’s energy future. 

Community Climate Council – Alternative Wellbeing Indicators in our Transition to a Green Economy: the Use of the Ecological Footprint

More than ever, society’s vulnerabilities in economic, social, and environmental settings have been exposed. We have governments at all levels in the process of investing for a just transition to a green economy to increase sustainable wellbeing for all. But governments tend to look at economic growth/Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as the primary measure of wellbeing in society. GDP does not consider many environmental impacts that have critical short and long-term economic effects. Due to this miscalculation about the concept of wellbeing, governments may downplay the ecological implications of growth and its contribution to inequality. Alternative measures to GDP exist to address the social and environmental aspects that are often ignored but needed for a regenerative society. When deciding on alternative measures, it must assess the human demand on natural resources and their regenerative capacity.

One method that measures the extent of ecological demand to maintain human economic systems on earth’s biological supply is the Ecological Footprint. It is a non-monetary accounting tool used to calculate specific environmental pressures with the consumption of goods and services (food, forest products, lands for settlements and infrastructure, and the absorption of anthropogenic carbon emissions) by converting it to area units. Ecological Footprint is broken down into six footprints: carbon, cropland, grazing land, fishing grounds, built-up land, and forest area.

This workshop’s objective is for attendees to understand the use of alternative indicators that are linked to strong sustainability principles and natural capital limits when it comes to long-term economic growth. Specifically, we will have a step-by-step look at calculating the Footprint at the provincial/city level. This process requires economic and environmental data such as GDP, consumer price index, carbon emission inventories, etc.

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