DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that indigenous, black and communities of color are the most vulnerable population to the impacts of climate change? Although climate change is one of the most significant topics in the world now, not enough discussions are being had about how communities of color are the most susceptible to the impacts of climate change. People of colour are already economically and politically disadvantaged because they are concentrated in communities that suffer from systemic racism, which limits their access to information and resources that educate them on climate change and its impact. Low-income communities are more likely to live in areas most affected by pollution which can result in health hazards and increased mortality rates. It is, therefore, important that members of this community are accurately represented and empowered to respond to the impacts of climate change.
Did you know that in 2021, the top 30 under 30 sustainability leaders in Canada had less than 50% of youths who are people of colour? It is excellent to have youths who are passionate about sustainability. Still, a lot more can be achieved if more people of colour understand climate impacts in their communities and actively advocate for disadvantaged groups. This will lead to better climate policies that put underprivileged communities at the forefront of policymakers’ minds.
The LBC Green Energy Efficiency Builders Program has been designed specifically for the youth of colour in the Greater Toronto Area. Construction, specifically green construction builders and regulators are moving towards reducing the carbon footprint of commercial, industrial and residential construction and establishing more sustainable building practices. This program is therefore centred around giving youths a paid hands-on training in solar and wind turbine installation while also learning essential general trades skills.
Did you know that 13.6% of youth aged 15 and 29 lack employment, education or training in Canada? This program will be an excellent opportunity for youths to become knowledgeable about the impacts of climate change in their communities and become actively involved in learning skills that will improve the living conditions in disadvantaged communities. This skill will keep the youth occupied, paid and in better positions to secure employment in the green energy industry.
LBC GEEB is open to all youth of colour between 17 and 25. Please Scan the QR code on the flyer to be a part of the June 2023 cohort. You can also find us on Instagram @lbc_geeb to see the great work done by program participants in 2022.