UBC Forestry Co-Hosting First-Ever Virtual Youth Canadian Climate Conference

Local Conference of Youth Canada (LCOY) 2022 – an event UBC Forestry is co-hosting with Human and Nature Youth Club and LCOY Canada – is expected to attract hundreds of attendees from across Canada and beyond.

About LCOY Canada 2022

Happening Oct. 22, 2022, online, LCOY Canada 2022 is a first-of-its-kind, free conference that is aimed at climate-action-motivated youth and their community supporters and mentors.

“UBC Forestry wanted to be part of this exciting initiative that we expect will provide an even stronger voice to our youth who have meaningful and innovative contributions to offer when it comes to taking climate action,” says Associate Dean, Professor and Director of UBC Forestry’s Asian Forest Research Centre  Dr. Guangyu Wang.

“It’s also happening shortly before the next COP27 conference so that we can ensure the discussions and recommended action items coming out of the conference are delivered to COP27 decision makers in a timely manner,” says UBC Forestry’s Dr. Anil Shrestha, an organizing committee member.

Key youth climate activists and influencers will be leading several workshops and seminars on themes that include climate justice, extreme weather and climate change, biodiversity and climate change impacts and building sustainable communities through local action.

LCOY Canada falls under the constituency of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC).

Guangyu Wang
Guangyu Wang
Anil Shrestha
Anil Shrestha

UBC Faculty of Forestry Presenting at the Event

Among the keynote speakers is UBC Forestry’s Dr. Stephen Sheppard who will present Green Design Strategies for Healthy, Climate-Resilient Cities.

Dr. Stephen Sheppard is a professor emeritus and director of the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP). His research focuses on climate change planning, outreach, and community engagement. Published in more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Sheppard is also the author of the book Visualizing Climate Change. He led UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Tools and spearheaded many community-based climate solutions programs such as The Cool ‘Hoods Champs program. He continues to be in demand for speaking engagements and national media interviews.

UBC Forestry’s Dean Rob Kozak and Prof. Danielle Ignace will also be in attendance and joining Honourable Member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Weiler and Honourable Julie Dabrusin, Parliament Secretary to Minister of Natural Resources and Permanent Secretary to Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada for opening remarks.

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