Pre-COP15 activities, events and gatherings on horizon


SOI is pleased to highlight some upcoming activities, events and gatherings in advance of COP15 – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.


Pedal for the Planet

July 3-through September, 2009
All across Canada

Pedal for the Planet is our chance for individuals, organizations and communities to join together, to ensure that Canada does its fair share to tackle the climate crisis. Starting on July 3, people across the country will join rides and walks leaving the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Using bikes, trains and other modes of green transport, we will demonstrate our personal commitment to change, and relay our expectations for a Copenhagen climate treaty on to Ottawa.

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World Changing Careers Conference

July 23-27, 2009
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

The World Changing Careers symposium is a unique event bringing together the next generation of young leaders with adult professionals from business, government, NGOs, and educational institutions to explore the potential of green jobs in creating a low-carbon economy. World renowned keynotes and workshop leaders will discuss the innovation of and within career sectors needed to design a sustainable future. Registration for this event will close on June 14th.

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2009 Young Leaders’ Summit on Northern Climate Change

August 17-20, 2009
Inuvik, Northwest Territories

For four days this August, young leaders will converge in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, to discuss climate change, share their stories and build their skills. The summit will empower young leaders to tackle the greatest challenge facing the planet—climate change. The four action-packed days will be a mixture of outdoor field-trips, indoor lectures and participatory activities.

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TUNZA International Youth Conference

Daejeon, Korea
August 21-24, 2009

For youth 15-24 years old, the theme of the conference is “Climate Change – Our Challenge”. One outcome will be a youth statement on climate change, which will be presented to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.

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ClimateSphere 2009

October 13-16 (youth day on October 16), 2009
Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton, Ontario

Canada’s first action-based, cross-sector climate change conference. Our goal is to serve as a unifying venue for climate-concerned citizens, scientists, non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies by:

• Providing an engaging, thorough, and well-organized forum for cross-sector communication and cooperation on climate change strategies and tools;
• Activating and empowering as many Canadians as possible by generating maximum exposure for climate change issues and solutions;
• Setting a new national conference tradition that focuses exclusively on climate change.

Plans for the youth day are still being finalized, but will include 1000 motivated youth, inspiring keynotes and action-based workshops that will help youth build capacity and engage on climate change.

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Power Shift Canada

October 21-23, 2009
Ottawa, Ontario

Power Shift will bring together over one thousand young people from across Canada for two days of awesome workshops and strategy sessions that will build to a MAJOR lobby day on Parliament Hill on the third day. We will deliver our message of change to our elected officials and push the federal government to take bold steps in tackling climate change.

The planning for Power Shift Canada is still underway. Until Power Shift Canada’s website is launched, to learn more, or get involved visit the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition’s website.

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100,000 on the Hill

October 24, 2009
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

100,000 on The Hill is a peaceful demonstration and public plea for strong climate policy. This gathering of Canadians in person and spirit aims to show our government that Canadians support proactive, internationally acceptable climate policy.

Inspired by David Suzuki’s interview on the Hour, 100,000 on The Hill is a movement to evoke change in a bold and unprecedented way. Suzuki recalled the words of a former prime minister, explaining that the way to achieve legislative change is to get 100,000 students on Parliament Hill. We are taking the challenge, but everyone is invited – climate change affects us all. Furthermore, the goal of this demonstration is to send a very clear message to the Canadian government that Canadians want action on the environment and changes before the Copenhagen Climate Conference.

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COP 15 and CMP 5

December 7-18, 2009
Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

The COP15 Conference is the fifteenth Conference of the Parties under the United Nations’ Climate Change Convention. The conference will take place from December 7th to December 18th, 2009. The conference will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Students on Ice is getting involved by sending delegates who are interested in advocacy work, working with the Parties of the Convention and Observer States (Governments), those involved in the United Nations System, observer organizations admitted by the Conference of the Parties and accredited press covering the proceedings of the Convention. Our delegates will participate in outreach for SOI, the polar regions (Arctic/Antarctic) and various presentations. You should get involved too!

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