Climate action for youth

Through CleanBC and the Roadmap to 2030, the Province is working to support technological innovation and make policy changes needed to reduce emissions and meet our climate goals. We’re also working with Indigenous and local governments and making investments that will help B.C. adapt to a changing climate through the draft Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy.

Explore this page to find ways you can support the move to a cleaner B.C. by reducing your use of fossil fuels, preparing for climate change and sharing your ideas.

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Climate actions you can take

We can work together to move away from using fossil fuels and prepare for the effects of climate change that are already impacting B.C. Governments, industry, communities and individuals are all part of the solution. Check out some of the actions you can take below.

What you can do in your community

What you can do at school or work

What you can do at home

  • Carpool, bike or take public transit to work or school
  • Reduce food waste and compost more
  • Eat more local food and plant-based proteins
  • Close curtains and blinds in hot months to keep your house cool
  • Make an emergency plan to prepare your household for severe weather, flooding and wildfires

What you can do for yourself

Climate change and its impacts can cause anxiety and grief, as well as chronic mental health problems. If you or someone you know needs help, use the resources below:

Share your ideas with government

Young people across British Columbia and the world are speaking up for further climate action. You can share your knowledge, ideas and stories with the Government of B.C. through upcoming engagement opportunities outlined below:

Current opportunities

  • Visit govTogetherBC and use the drop-down menus to find CleanBC engagement opportunities and share your thoughts on climate-related topics
  • Provide us input and feedback on policies and programs at any time by emailing CleanBC@gov.bc.ca
  • Contact your local leaders to share your thoughts on climate-related topics

Training and work in climate

Demand for low-carbon products and services is growing around the world, and B.C. is no exception. At the same time, we also need to prepare and adapt for the effects of our already-changing climate.

A climate-related career might involve designing buildings that can withstand climate impacts, maintaining electric vehicles, or bringing sustainable practices to a resource industry like forestry or farming. Explore the links below to find options that might fit you.

Green Careers

Other climate resources

Learn more

Take a deeper look at how and why climate change occurs, and its impacts.

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Know your impact

Assess your biggest areas of resource consumption.

Climate change and equity

The impacts of climate change that we are seeing, such as heatwaves, droughts, wildfires and flooding, are not felt evenly across our society. People with higher incomes and more privileged backgrounds typically have more resources and a greater capacity to protect themselves from the impacts of climate change.

As the effects of climate change increase in B.C., so does the urgency of addressing this equity challenge.

B.C.'s climate change strategies and you

CleanBC is the Province’s plan to reduce carbon pollution and take care of the environment, while creating more jobs and economic opportunities. It focuses on ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by looking at B.C.’s top three sources of GHGs: industry, transportation and buildings and communities.

The Roadmap to 2030 is our plan to scale up our climate actions and speed up the shift away from fossil fuels in order to meet our emissions reduction targets and set the course to fulfill our net-zero commitment by 2050.

Because elevated levels of greenhouse gases are already in the atmosphere, B.C. is already experiencing impacts of climate change, like hotter summers, increased wildfires and flooding. This will continue to for many years to come. B.C.’s draft Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy ensures we stay safe and respond effectively to this changing climate. 

CleanBC supports for youth:

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Did you know?

  • The Province’s Climate Change Accountability Act has legislated targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. B.C. is required to make a public report every year on progress to targets and actions taken to reduce emissions and manage climate change risks. 
  • An independent Climate Solutions Council provides advice to the B.C. government on climate action and clean economic growth. The Council includes a  youth representative who champions the voices of young British Columbians.