The following information is from EPA’s Environmental Justice list serve:
EPA is seeking young adults, ages 18 to 29, who are involved in climate change efforts and/or advocacy, to participate on this “first of its kind” youth-led advisory work group to assist the National Environmental Justice Council (NEJAC) in developing advice and recommendations to assist EPA in developing best practices to address climate change concerns.
EPA recognizes the key role that youth play in bringing awareness to climate change and offering solutions to transform our societies toward a low-carbon and climate resilient future. It is essential that youth have a seat at the table and help inform the hard decisions that must be made that affect so many. Thus, the formation of the NEJAC Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group seeks to include young people in assisting EPA in addressing climate change concerns.
The work group will explore several issues, including:
- How can EPA effectively engage with youth on climate change and adaptation planning using new resources and tools designed to help communities become more resilient and better protect themselves from the impacts of climate change? What activities and mechanisms (e.g. policy, guidance, or protocol) should EPA consider to authentically engage and work collaboratively with youth, and other interested stakeholders, to identify and address climate change impacts on overburdened and vulnerable communities?
- What best practices, including efforts to address the compounding health vulnerabilities brought on by climate change, can be provided using youth driven projects from across the United States from which results-oriented recommendations can be drawn?
The NEJAC Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group will be convened in January 2016. We anticipate that the work group will conduct its business primarily through bimonthly teleconference calls. This work group may meet face-to-face once annually. The average workload for the members is approximately 4 to 5 hours per month, which represents a rough estimate of the time members will spend in teleconference calls and reviewing relevant documents.
We are looking forward to working with a geographically diverse group of emerging thought leaders in the climate change space. Your Voice Matters! Apply now for the new “Climate Justice Youth Work Group.”
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