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The Youth Friendly Guide To Intergenerational Decision Making Partnerships – Apathy is Boring
What does real, meaningful youth participation look like? Why is youth participation important? What are the barriers and challenges? How do you make an organization youth friendly? Find out the answers to these questions and how to get started with the process.
Youth Guide to Action – Taking it Global
This guide is mean to inspire, inform and involve you in taking action on climate change. Each section of the guide highlights important steps in taking action: Reflect and Get Inspired, Identify and Get Informed, Lead and Get Others Involved, Get Connected, Plan and Get Moving, Have a Lasting Impact.
Fundraising Manual – Youth Driven
You know what you want to do, but you need some cash to make it happen. Check out this manual to find out what grants are, why they are important, and how you can go about getting one for your project.
Media Manual – Youth Driven
You have a great project, and you want everyone to know about it! How do you go about spreading the message and creating awareness? Find out how to get your message across effectively and get exposure.
Saving the Planet 101 Booklet – Environmental Youth Alliance
A collection of tips and information on different areas such as recycling, saving energy, water, food, and transportation.
Student Activist Guide – Canadian Teachers Federation
You know a little bit about different issues, but not a lot, and you certainly don’t know where to get started. This guide will give you more information on these topics, and ideas about how to get involved.
Sustainable Campuses Resource Guide – Sierra Youth Coalition
A “choose your own adventure” guide to creating a sustainable campus. Find out how to create a multi-stakeholder committee or process, conduct a GHG inventory, do the campus sustainability assessment framework (CSAF), how to undertake an initiative, and more.
The Otesha Book, From Junk to Funk – The Otesha Project
Delve into the six main topics of this book (water, clothing, media, food, transportation, and fair trade), and get a sense of how daily actions have an impact on the world around us.
Youth-led Projects Manual – Volunteer Canada
This guide will help you get organized to take on your project, whether you are working independently, or teaming up. Figure out your vision, map out your path for action, and make it work!
Here are some helpful links:
Take Action Manitoba – Ideas and support for Take Action Projects for Grade 12 Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability
Sisler High School Sustainability Initiative – Winnipeg High School chronicles their sustainability projects and intiatives
Manitoba Grant Information – Manitoba Education lists available grants available to schools for projects
Do Something – Highlights different youth-led campaigns
Canadian Youth Climate Coalition – United front of youth from across Canada tackling Climate Change
UnYouth – United Nations Youth Delegate program
Environmental Youth Alliance – Youth driven organization in British Columbia dedicated to the health of the urban environment, the plants, and the well-being of people
Glossary of Terms:
In April 1998, the EPA defined environmental justice as fair treatment,
meaning that “no group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should
bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from
industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local and
tribal programs and policies.”
A condition of environmental justice exists when environmental risks and hazards and
investments and benefits are equally distributed with a lack of discrimination, whether
direct or indirect, at any jurisdictional level; and when access to environmental
investments, benefits, and natural resources are equally distributed; and when access to
information, participation in decision making, and access to justice in environmentrelated
matters are enjoyed by all.”
An environmental injustice exists when members of disadvantaged, ethnic, minority or
other groups suffer disproportionately at the local, regional (sub-national), or national
levels from environmental risks or hazards, and/or suffer disproportionately from
violations of fundamental human rights as a result of environmental factors, and/or
denied access to environmental investments, benefits, and/or natural resources, and/or
are denied access to information; and/or participation in decision making; and/or access
to justice in environment-related matters.”
Environmental racism is intentional or unintentional racial discrimination in the enforcement of
environmental rules and regulations, the intentional or unintentional targeting of minority
communities as the site of polluting industries such as toxic waste disposal, or the exclusion of
minorities from public and private boards, commissions, and regulatory bodies, as defined and
coined by Reverend Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Executive Director and CEO of the United
Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice in 1981.
Example of Environmental Racism: Warren County PCB Landfill, North Carolina
In 1982, the State of North Carolina created a landfill to hold contaminated soil as result
of an illegal PCB dumping incident. The landfill was located in rural Warren County,
which is primarily African American. Officials thought that the site was the best choice
at the time and would be suitable for long term storage with environmental engineering.
Governor Hunt promised that when technology became available, the state would clean
up the facility and make the site safer. The people of Warren County felt that the dump was placed in the county because of the large number of African Americans and because the county was one of the poorest in the state. Protests began immediately and many rallied to have the dump blocked, many even lying in the road to block Department of Transportation dump trucks from bringing the contaminated soil in. Multiple sites were evaluated for a landfill at the time.
Environmental officials have even admitted that the Warren County site was not the
best place to put the landfill because of hydrological reasons.