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Government of Canada Invests in Let’s Talk Science

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April 08, 2021
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Government of Canada Invests $5.9 Million in Let’s Talk Science to Support Climate Education and Action for Youth

Enabling a partnership with the Royal Society of Canada to mobilize expertise for a better future

LONDON, ON (April 8, 2021) - Kate Young, MP for London West announced a $5.9 million investment over five years from Environment and Climate Change Canada to Let’s Talk Science.

This funding will allow Let’s Talk Science to engage over 600,000 youth across Canada in climate science education and action through regional events, action projects, hands-on activities and a suite of digital resources, including career information.

“We are thrilled to support another innovative project from Let’s Talk Science that educates and empowers youth,” said MP, Kate Young. “I know that youth in my riding of London West are interested and engaged, and this new climate project will allow them and other Canadian youth to learn about climate science, and encourage them to take action to reduce the effects of their behaviours and those of their families on the environment.”

This project will build knowledge about climate science and a commitment to action amongst children and youth in Canada. In partnership with the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), including members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, Let’s Talk Science will engage diverse experts in the development of youth events, volunteer and educator training, action projects and resources.

“By engaging experts from science, engineering, and the humanities and social sciences, we will ensure that Canadian youth are inspired and equipped to examine the impacts of climate on their lives, now and in the future,” said Let’s Talk Science President and Founder, Dr. Bonnie Schmidt. “This can give children and youth the capacity to assess and mitigate risk, and contribute their own behaviours and actions.”

The partnership between Let’s Talk Science and the RSC is unique, linking together education and scientific/research excellence. Let’s Talk Science and the RSC share a commitment to local, community-based action.

“The partnership with Let’s Talk Science is such a great fit for the RSC,” said RSC President Dr. Jeremy McNeil. “This is an amazing opportunity for the RSC community to connect with youth across Canada, sharing knowledge and expertise across disciplines and across generations so that, together, we can all work to build a better country and a better future through education and action.”

All activities and events in this project are locally relevant and will be accessible to children and youth from coast-to-coast-to-coast regardless of geographic location, age, cultural background and official language.

With this investment from the Government of Canada, Let’s Talk Science and the RSC will provide youth with meaningful opportunities at no cost to make informed decisions and develop the skills they need to succeed in the future.

In place of an in-person announcement, Let’s Talks Science conducted an online discussion with MP, Young. Today, Let’s Talk Science released a video with special messages from several stakeholders and representatives.

ABOUT LET'S TALK SCIENCE

Let’s Talk Science – a leading partner in Canadian education – is a national charitable organization committed to inspiring and empowering children and youth of all ages in Canada to develop the skills they need to participate and thrive in an ever-changing world. To accomplish this, Let’s Talk Science offers a comprehensive suite of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based programs to support youth, educators, and volunteers across Canada. Let’s Talk Science’s national office is located in London, Ontario. For more information about Let's Talk Science, visit letstalkscience.ca.

ABOUT THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA 

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) comprises established leaders across the Academies of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences as well as emerging leaders in The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The Royal Society of Canada serves Canada and the world by recognizing Canada’s leading scientists, scholars, and artists, and mobilizing them in open discussion to advance knowledge and understanding of critical issues with a view toward contributing to a better future.

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Sarah Hogeveen
shogeveen@letstalkscience.ca