Apply to be a Wings of Change Workshop Facilitator

Students from Windermere Secondary School with their art contributions to the Wings of Change bird puppet

We are looking for engaged, enthusiastic facilitators in communities across Atlantic Canada to deliver the Wings of Change climate education workshop to Canadian youth this spring.

**Not in Atlantic Canada? Stay tuned, we’re expanding..

You’ll be on the front lines of a growing climate movement, bringing a for-youth, by-youth perspective on the science and the social justice issues of the climate crisis. Apply today:  WoC Facilitator Application 2012

A letter from Wings of Change Atlantic Coordinator, Emilie Novaczek

I’ve spent an incredible 2 years working in the Canadian youth climate community; I’ve been lucky enough to make some of the best friends I will ever have, participate in empowering, meaningful campaigns and gain truly unique experience working with the international youth climate movement. I owe at least 80% of my twitter followers to my climate organizing (the rest are twitter bots and family members, to be honest). That figure (80%) is –coincidentally– also how much more interesting I am at cocktail parties since I got involved.

When my work comes up at the aforementioned parties (or, you know, job interviews, coffee shops and extended family gatherings) the first questions I get are:  1) How did you get involved? and 2) What .. exactly .. do you do?

How I got involved is simple: I found an incredible opportunity in an email from someone I didn’t know. Then, with hours until the deadline closed, I panicked, filled out the application form, agonized that I wasn’t cool/smart/rad enough and, finally, sent it in anyways. (See where I’m going with this?)

Now for that trickier second question: What do I do? Well, that last minute application was to become a member of the Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD), my first step into the international climate movement.  I’m writing you this letter because one of the things I do is climate education. I’ve watched Wings of Change grow from an idea on a conference call to a few pilot classrooms to extend across the country. This spring we’ll reach 10 000 young Canadians with a youth led popular education program unlike any other and that’s something I am passionate about, excited about and insanely proud of. So passionate, excited and proud, in fact, that I just ended a sentence with a preposition.

Delivering these workshops has been, without a doubt, the most inspiring and the most exciting work I’ve ever been a part of. The concepts of climate justice and social movements may seem difficult to define to a room of academics and they certainly appear to be indecipherable to more than a few prominent politicians, yet I’ve walked into classrooms where students are discussing the intersections between climate change and social justice for the first time and it’s absolutely intuitive. In a matter of 60 minutes, I’ve watched and had the privilege to participate as a class goes from 5th period Global History to a strategizing session on how to engage with government and develop capacity for action in their community. It’s incredible. It’s the kind of experience that, when faced with the dizzying scope of the climate crisis, keeps me hopeful, inspired, energized and genuinely excited to be a part of this movement. Have I mentioned how excited I am about this?

Please read the information package, listen to the podcast, check out the Wings of Change blogs or email me to find out more, and — read close now, this is the important part– fill out that application form.

Let’s put 2012 in the history books, not as the end of an era but as the time we spent building a just, liveable future for our generation and those to come.

Cheers,

Emilie Novaczek
Wings of Change Atlantic Coordinator
emilie@ourclimate.ca

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