How to be an Ally for Youth

Here is a copy of the slideshow prepared by Hanna Meili.


  • How can we help clear the way?
  • How can we support your activism?
  • How do youth stay motivated?

We heard from several young climate leaders on July 15th about the
issues that concern them most, their experiences with activism, and
found out what we can do to assist.... support their causes and let
their voice be heard.

The goal was to engage in a solution-focused discussion and explore
concrete pathways forward for youth and youth allies....

The Youtube video will be found here when ready.

Leigh Grigg - Georgian Bluffs CAT
Joachim Ostertag - CAT Owen Sound

Transcript of the Gathering Chat

19:10:35 From Danuta Valleau : For Anna: where do the plants come from
for the pollinator gardens and how many are you involved in?

19:15:22 From Aidan Randall :

19:16:43 From Janet Pawsey : What are the main climate questions you are
hearing from youth? What are the primary concerns?

19:18:45 From Nan (she/her) : Reduce is first

19:20:02 From Sibylle Walke : One area we can help all government levels
in focusing on is protecting nature corridors and special places;

19:22:15 From Marilyn Struthers : How would you suggest local climate
action teams could amplify your and other youth voices?

19:24:51 From Sibylle Walke : Having a youth voice on local
presentations ,especially to smaller municipalities would be incredibly
powerful. Amalgamated councils often function on a closed level. Nobody
really follows the meetings. Nature corridors ,the protection of green
spaces is a big issue in the light of the present development boom

19:33:22 From Danuta Valleau : for Hanna: what kind of project have you
dreamed of starting ?

19:36:04 From Sibylle Walke : Thanks Hanna and Aiden and Anna for being
so consistently engaged and telling us about

19:36:38 From Cathy Moore Coburn : Really appreciating this youth
leadership. Thank you.

19:38:41 From Tobin Day : No grades! Just really happy to see you here,

19:39:10 From Nan (she/her) : I know Chris's mom. I love her project.

19:42:15 From Aidan Randall : Is anyone interested in regular outdoor
meetings for Grey Bruce youth ages 15-25 to discuss local sustainability
ideas, proposals for city council, community gardens and food
sovereignty, and grassroots democracy? If you or anyone you know is
interested, email me at

19:44:58 From Vivian McCaffrey : The white fish story is a very
immediate one in our community and should always be part of any
presentation to government authorities, at all levels. Thanks Chris.

19:45:53 From Sibylle Walke : Where are the spawning grounds of the
whitefish and are they really hard to find now?

19:46:54 From Lee Papineau : All of tonight's speakers are very
impressive. Thank you for trying to help find solutions to our planet's

19:47:08 From Tobin Day : Would any of the youth who spoke tonight be
willing to speak to some of my grade 9 geography classes (OSDSS) next
year? I've learned that my voice alone is far less impactful than
hearing from multiple people, especially other youth.

19:47:21 From Jenny Carver : Great work Chris and very interested in
hearing about the knowledge you have from your work relating to our
local whitefish. Please share this with us if you can. Thanks so much

Eden For Our Environment

19:51:58 From Tobin Day : On page 16 of the COEO Pathways journal that
just uploaded, you'll find an article about some of Owen Sounds first
Friday for Future protests - the focus is how to be a good adult
supporter for youth.

19:54:47 From Bob Gray : As youth engaged with the climate change action
movement, what do you think adults should be doing to make things

19:55:32 From Lee Papineau : A good resource for pollinator plants is
your local Horticultural Society..

19:57:50 From Lee Papineau : Do you find others in your age group as
dedicated to finding solutions as yourself?

19:59:19 From Jenny Carver : How can we support your specific projects
(pollinator gardens, local regenerative food systems, raising local
awareness and inspiring action)? How can we inspire change together?

19:59:49 From Danuta Valleau : would you as youth leaders feel
comfortable connecting with your local CAT (if there is one) to find
support for your projects?

19:59:52 From Jane Hoy : be a door opener for youth. share networks and
accompany, - shoulder to shoulder.

20:01:36 From Sandra J. Howe : Too all panelists: Do you see a spiritual
dimension to the climate change question? How important is this to you?

20:01:59 From D. Lachance : Like many other global challenges, climate
change is a consequence of other issues and from how we behave as human
beings. Focusing on technical solutions is good but only affects the
symptoms. How do you bring deep concepts such as global collaboration,
oneness of mankind, respect for people and nature, selflessness and
avoid the trap of “instant gratification” and materialism, self
gratification, racism, nationalism, etc. so predominant in our
societies? These are likely part of the root cause of problems leading
to global problems like climate change.

20:02:06 From Aidan Randall : Fridays for Future Owen Sound is a local
youth group that does strikes at city hall to demand action from
leaders. For more information. email

20:03:18 From Jenny Carver : What has worked to motivate your peers and

20:09:54 From Hanna Meili 1. Bring climate issues/solutions up in
conversations with neighbours, friends, and family 2. Focus on natural
assets 3. Learning from each other and taking action on our knowledge

20:14:39 From Sandra J. Howe : Unity is so key to all the challenging
issues that humanity is facing. Thanks for all these voices that are
speaking together!

20:14:46 From Aidan Randall : There was a good idea about youth speaking
to a geography class. If you would like to talk about this email me

20:15:30 From Jenny Carver : I’m wondering whether we could call on
these exceptional young activities for advice as we codesign projects
going forward???

20:15:48 From Jenny Carver : activists...

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20:17:39 From Lee Papineau : I encourage tonight's youth leaders to join
us older folks in similar pursuits. As a Horticultural Society member, I
help people develop pollinator gardens and as a member of our local
Climate Action Committee, I try to build awareness. Your participation
in like causes is highly valued

20:18:00 From Jenny Carver : Right on Hannah! This is all of our work
and action going forward!

20:18:49 From Tobin Day : Thank you to all the speakers - it's wonderful
to hear your voices and ideas.

20:19:43 From Jenny Carver : Thanks to each of you and look forward to

20:20:02 From Aidan Randall :

My cell phone # is 519-374-4682

20:20:02 From joachim Ostertag : I suggest we have another youth forum
in the future and work on following up on all the great suggestions and
provocative ideas

20:21:17 From D. Lachance : Thank you to all the youth demonstrating
that they have tremendous capability and influence to change our world

20:21:25 From Eden Babbitt : Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

20:22:03 From Aidan Randall : Thank you everyone for listening!

20:22:16 From Hanna Meili :

20:22:27 From Hanna Meili : 437-350-0155

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