Susanna Niederer (Switzerland) 1
1 - Royal Roads University, Resilience by Design Lab, Canada
Young people’s futures are largely affected by society’s capacity and willingness to take action on climate change, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to a different climate reality. Young people are necessary collaborators and partners in solution design and decision-making, and should not be relegated to the margins. It is equally important that they are supported in enacting climate initiatives that educate, engage and encourage other young people – as well as adults – to become agents of change.
Under the guise of ‘transformative climate change action’, my study exploredmotivations among young people to move from concerned observer to informed actor, and provides insight into the mechanisms and processes that contribute to the shift. These initiatives are meant to foster innovations and behavioral shifts, and challenge existing systems and demonstrate what transformative climate action is, conceptually and practically, on a local level in the specific context of Southern Alberta, Canada.
The analysis reveals a strong passion and perseverance among these young people that enables them to take part in the shaping of a low carbon and climate resilient future. The study shall also inspire further research into the complex factors that facilitate young people’s interest in climate action and their engagement as leaders and agents of transformative change.