Kingston youth festival ambassadors take second place in Canadian Youth Climate Action Awards

Back left to right: Walter Sepic, Emily Booth, Nikki Alward, Abbie Miolee, Jerri Jerreat. Front left to right: Hazel Taylor-Quick, Heather Wilson of Pivot Green Canada. Submitted photo.

A local festival, which invites local youth to design their own (better) believable future, making it socially equitable, and then using that as the setting for a fun short story or piece of art, has placed second in the Canadian Youth Climate Action Awards.

Three Youth Ambassadors from the Youth Imagine the Future (YIF) Festival were on hand to receive the award from Pivot Green Canada at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) Central branch on Saturday, Apr. 27, 2024. The Youth Climate Action Awards were adjudicated on Earth Day and presented to the Youth Ambassadors by Pivot Green member, Heather Wilson, according to a release from YIF. The award the Youth Ambassadors received came with a $2,500 cheque.

Youth Imagine the Future Ambassadors Hazel Taylor-Quick, Abbie Miolee, and Emily Booth pose with the $2,500 cheque the festivalreceived when it took second place in the Canadian Youth Climate Action Awards. Submitted photo.

The YIF festival takes place annually in September. One of the key missions is to “help combat the rise of climate anxiety among our youth by encouraging them to look toward solutions. Climate anxiety is rampant among young people who are often left out of the conversation. We give workshops to show youth inspiring solutions used around the world to combat Climate Change,” stated Festival Director and author, Jerri Jerreat.

“Rewilding cities, planting Miyawaki forests and sponge parks, small river or wave turbines, green and solar roofs, alternatives to concrete and parking lots, redesigning streets, regenerative farming, etc. Then we invite them to create a short story or artwork to show the community what a better future here could look like,” Jerreat shared.

 “We are very grateful for the recognition we’ve received from Pivot Green with this award,” added Nikki Alward, Managing Director. “Canada is predicted to have more heat waves and more extreme weather events, and we need to protect and restore biodiversity as we say goodbye to fossil fuels. There are things we can do.”

According to the release, in Fall 2023, Youth Imagine the Future reached approximately 1,500 local youth in high schools and grades 7/8 with its hope-inspiring workshops. Organizers encourage teachers to register for a September workshop. Learn more about the festival here: YouthImagineTheFuture.com

One thought on “Kingston youth festival ambassadors take second place in Canadian Youth Climate Action Awards

  • This is a delightful, good news story. So wonderful to see such committed youth engagement in the greening of the world. Congratulations to everyone involved.

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