Climate Guides heads to Poland!

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Co-Directors Caroline Merner and Marina Melanidis have been selected to attend COP24!

COP24: short for the 24th annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This year, we head to Katowice, Poland on the Youth Delegation of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). As representatives for youth in BC, we reached out to almost 300 youth through online surveys and in-person consultations in lead-up to COP 24 (read our findings here). Together, with nine other young climate leaders from BC, we will be represent the voices of BC youth and pushing to address their concerns.

But what is COP 24 about?

COP 24 is brings together governments, civil society organizations, Indigenous communities, scientists, businesses, and youth to address climate change. This year, world leaders are aiming to develop a “rulebook” that will put the Paris Agreement, within which governments agree to keeping global temperature increases “well below” 2°C, into effect.

The BCCIC Youth Delegation, including Marina, Caroline and former mentee Sophia Yang!

The BCCIC Youth Delegation, including Marina, Caroline and former mentee Sophia Yang!

The Youth Climate Idea Jam, hosted by Climate Guides & CityHive, was a BC youth consultation.

The Youth Climate Idea Jam, hosted by Climate Guides & CityHive, was a BC youth consultation.

As youth, we have contributed the least to the climate crisis yet we will be living with the consequences of its effects. For this reason, it is critical that young people are meaningfully involved in the decision-making process and are equipped with the tools to take climate action. Climate Guides is thrilled to advocate for youth in climate action on the international stage!

As we head for the second week of climate negotiations, the Climate Guides team has set out priorities, each of which includes an engagement opportunity. They are as follows:

  1. We will network with other young climate leaders, internationally and domestically.

    • Do you know any youth-led non-profits or youth climate action organizations that we should connect with? Share them with us!

  2. We will grow our community by building connections with other Canadian youth climate organizations.

  3. We will share lessons learned and successes from our time at COP24.

    • Join us on our journey! You can follow us on social media and read our blogs through the links below.

  4. We will share stories about building community in climate action.

  5. We will ensure transparency by reporting back on our experience to young people in Canada.

    • If there is anything specific you have questions about, topics you would like us to follow, or preferred platforms, e-mail us at info@climateguides.ca.

  6. We will strategize on making space for more youth to join us at COP in the coming years.


Thank you for following our journey! You can get updates here:

BCCIC: WebsiteFacebook, Twitter

Climate Guides: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Michal Marcis