About Us

 

Climate Guides is a non-profit formed by youth, for youth. Our mission is to build climate leaders by creating and supporting opportunities for youth to engage in climate action within their communities.

Since launching in early 2018, our young organization has set out to support youth climate action. Our goal is to equip our current and next generation with the skills, networks, resources, and opportunities they need to pursue climate change solutions.  

We aim to build a narrative of hope and opportunity in tackling climate change by shifting from the current narrative of doom-and-gloom. A complex global problem requires diverse, collaborative and intergenerational solutions. Through our programming, Climate Guides fosters climate conscious communities that are grounded in youth empowerment and encourage optimistic action.

 

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Our Story

It all started in early 2017, an idea was seeded about youth engagement in climate action...

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Our Team

 
 
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Caroline merner, Co-DirECTOR

Caroline is a passionate environmental educator and climate communicator. Caroline works at Environment and Climate Change Canada in public engagement with climate change. She has engaged youth in conservation in her work at Ocean Wise, Parks Canada, and Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office. Caroline also serves as a Youth Advisory Group member for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Her background in conservation has taken her to the Arctic, Hawaii, Peru, Chile and Banff, as a facilitator and international delegate. As Dalhousie University graduate in Sustainability and International Development, Caroline’s thesis focused on effective climate change communication. She is  thrilled to co-direct Climate Guides in Vancouver. For her work, Caroline has been named Green Student of the Year by Dalhousie University, an inaugural Young Women for Nature by Nature Canada, and a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists by Starfish Canada.

 
 
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Marina Melanidis, CO-DirecTOR

Marina Melanidis is a climate-actor, youth-engager, and change-maker from Richmond B.C. Outside of advocating for youth, Marina is interested in how to pursue biodiversity conservation in the wake of climate change. She has worked on conservation and climate change at home with the provincial and federal government, abroad as a research exchange fellow in India, and with the United Nations as an intern with the UN Environment Programme. She has a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation from UBC, is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholar, and a Students on Ice alumnus. Marina loves science fiction, good vegan food, and the BC coast.

 
 
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MiChal MArcis, Chief Of program

Michal is a visionary and enjoys working on projects that better the world. In Czech Republic, Michal studied Psychology and Sociology to understand behaviour change and how people interact in society. He was one of the founding members of a mentorship program with UNIFER, a professional development organization for students. Michal quickly discovered the benefits of a mentee-mentor platform, not just for a trusting relationship, but for greater society. His background in marketing helps propel ideas with good intention forward. His involvement in Climate Guides guarantees new ideas, forethought and constant creativity.  Michal is a morel mushroom connoisseur. Despite the fact that they need frequent forest fires to spawn, he hopes to help reverse this trend by creating a new generation of leaders towards change.