Today I had the pleasure of attending the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair and STEM-Expo held right here in Ottawa Centre at Carleton University, hosted by Youth Science Canada. Every single year, over 10,000 students from grades 6-9 and their teachers, along with the 500 national science fair finalists from grades 7-12 and CÉGEP attend the event.
I am extremely passionate about engaging with youth about climate change. Involving young people early in the conversation equips them to be strong leaders, thinkers and problem solvers in the global effort towards a cleaner, more prosperous Canada for generations to come.
I met youth who have been selected for the Intact Climate Change Resilience Award, an award presented to an outstanding student project that demonstrates a practical solution to managing the impact of climate change.
Canadians know science affects our everyday lives – from the water we drink, the air we breathe and the weather forecasts we rely on. I look forward to more opportunities like this to promote informed, critical and constructive dialogue between the Government of Canada and youth on the transition to a prosperous, low-carbon and clean air future.