Applications for the Canadian Youth Delegation to COP-17 in Durban, South Africa are now open!

Solving a crisis with the breadth and scope of the climate change will require both local and global solutions. Our window to implement real solutions is closing, and each year the human impacts of a changing climate grow worse and worse, hitting hardest and first in those nations least responsible for this crisis. Meanwhile, wealthy nations from the Global North have year after year derailed international progress. In bed with industry, our own government has turned to negotiating behind closed doors, refusing to take the necessary steps to get off of dirty energy like the Alberta tar sands.

In other words, we have a lot of work to do.

Canada is internationally recognized as one of the worst climate criminals, blocking progress year after year, and we can expect more of the same heading into Durban. What happens at these negotiations will depend entirely on the momentum we create over the coming months; the demands we make of our government and how we follow up at home and on the international stage.

In the past, youth from around the world have played a powerful moral role in the talks, and the Canadian Youth Delegation continues to be critical in supporting the international youth climate movement, engaging Canadians and holding the Canadian government and delegation accountable.

– Cameron Fenton, CYCC National Director

Applications are now open for the CYD to Durban, South Africa for the Conference of Parties (COP) 17 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This year, the CYD will be made up of 20 youth from across Canada, working over the coming nine months to build domestic momentum and acting as the voice of the youth climate movement in Durban. The team will be made up of 3 primary tracks: Policy/Research, Media/Communications and Actions/Strategy. Each applicant is required to choose and apply to a specific track, and each track has its own specific application form. All information about CYD-Durban, how to apply, expectations, selection criteria and the application process can be found in this information package.

Please download the appropriate application form for your track and email it back to, or by mail (address in the information package) by May 1, 2011 by 9 p.m.

Media and Communications Application Package

Policy and Research Application Package

Actions and Strategy Application Package

Les formulaires de demande en français sera disponible bientôt. Merci pour votre patience!

The CYD is organized based on horizontal, non-hierarchical principles with a focus on working to alleviate all forms of oppression, see applications for more details.

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