Category: 2018, Climate, Current, Grant, Major Project


Global Youth Education Network Society



Climate Change is the overarching crisis of our time. Many people feel powerless or ineffective when faced with the challenge of understanding and addressing the complex and overwhelming causes and effects of climate change. Others are uncertain as to how they can help address climate change in their lives and work. The Next Up Climate Leadership Program (CLP) is back for another year to continue their work on building the capacity of Albertans, in communities and organizations that do not necessarily have climate change as their core focus, to drive diverse and collaborative climate change action forward.

Participants may work in: trade unions, municipal government, the energy sector, not for profits, the cultural sector, cooperatives, education, health care and so on. Throughout the program, cohort members will explore current and future climate impacts, relevant action strategies and frameworks, and the critical role that Canada and Alberta need to play to avert climate catastrophe. Over the course of the CLP, participants will learn how to support and lead action on climate change in Alberta, from within their communities, organizations and across sectors. They will also work and network with resource people, experts, past CLP grads and other community leaders who are developing and leading climate action in Alberta.

The first two years of the program have seen graduates become significantly more active in bringing the climate lens to their daily work. Many are now seen as leaders and connectors for climate related areas within their organizations. Graduates have also developed new climate centred relationships and active collaborations with new organizations and people, and are actively transferring their skills and knowledge to them.