Empowering Youth Voices on Climate Change Policy


What role does policy play in combating climate change and how can we empower our students to take action on these issues? Join GreenLearning’s expert panel as they discuss climate change policy in Canada and around the world. They will provide practical resources as well as programs and strategies for teaching youth about climate change and empowering them to take action.

J.P. Jepp has experience leading climate and energy policy strategy in the petroleum sector, the electricity sector, and for an environmental NGO. He was also Senior Advisor to the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change as the federal government developed the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Canada’s national climate change strategy. He is Principal of Nexus Climate and Energy Solutions — a consultancy focused on climate change and energy transitions.

Mihskakwan James Harper is from Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation in Treaty 8, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Renewable Energy from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Ècole Polytechnique, with entrepreneurial training from ESADE Business School. He is passionate about the carbon-free future, particularly within the power and mobility sectors. He loves his family and his community now and generations ahead, which inspires him to work with youth to build a future that is sustainable and empowers all.

Dale Beugin the Vice President, Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, an independent policy research Institute focused on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and clean growth. He is an expert in climate change policy and economics. Dale has previously worked as both Executive Director and Research Director of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, as an independent consultant providing analysis and advice to governments and organizations across Canada and internationally, and as policy advisor with the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy. He holds a master’s degree in resource and environmental management, with a specialization in energy-economy modelling, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.

Sidney Howlett is a former Ontario French immersion teacher, who focused primarily on inquiry-based learning and incorporating coding and robotics into the classroom. Prior to joining the team at GreenLearning, Sidney worked at a local art gallery and museum where she established new programs, including an outdoor art education program for homeschool students. She currently serves as a member of the Bee City Kitchener Committee and holds a B.A.Sc and a B.Ed from Lakehead University.

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