GenAction is an initiative of the Inspiring Youth to Climate Action project funded by The Government of Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund. GenAction is led by a strong Partnership Collective of leaders within the science centre sector including: Discovery Centre, the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC) - representing over 45 science centres, museums, and information learning organizations across Canada - Science North, and The Exploration Place Museum and Science Centre.
The objectives for the GenAction initiative, 2021-2025 are to:
- Raise awareness and improve understanding of climate change, engaging over 200,000 youth across Canada.
- Deliver outreach, camp, and school programs to K-12/ CEGEP youth in every province and territory including engagement with 57 Indigenous communities.
- Build knowledge capacity to increase climate actions that advance Canada’s goal of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.
- Track at least 80% of all youths’ commitments to action using a web-based system.
- Develop locally relevant Science Spotlights by all participating CASC member organizations, enabling educators across the CASC network to integrate climate change awareness and learning into youth programming.
- Provide free access to Science Spotlight materials in English, French and, for programs delivered to Indigenous youth, the specific languages that are most culturally appropriate for the intended Indigenous audiences.
- Improve youth access to locally relevant, current peer reviewed research outcomes on climate science, climate resilience, and climate action.