The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell was at the Centre for International Governance Innovation on Friday (Nov 25) to discuss a climate change essay competition with local grade 12 students.
The essay’s goal is to make students across Ontario imagine it is the year 2067, which is 50 years from now, and reflect on how Canada helped with the climate change issue.
Lieutenant Governor Dowdeswell says, “I think that we need the energy, enthusiasm, creativity and the amazing skills and abilities of young people if we’re going to change our institutions, if we’re really going to tackle this particular issue.”
Her office has teamed up with the Centre for International Governance Innovation to offer this contest, with the first, second and third place winners receiving money to put towards scholarships.
The President of CIGI, Rohinton Medhora, says he has high hopes for local students in particular, stating that, “climate change is one of those issues that’s only going to be resolved if we get the science right, and then we also situate that science in the longer tradition of what the country’s about.”
Medhora pointed out that Waterloo Region is a great place to ask for reflection, because it is known for it’s science and technology.
“Doing it from our home base here in Kitchener-Waterloo has a particular appeal to us, not just because we’re located here, but because this region represents everything that’s good and not so good about climate change. We need the science, we need the people, we need the financial resources,” adds Medhora.
The essay competition is open to grade 12 students in Ontario, and requires a maximum 1000 word essay be submitted by March 3, 2017.
This competition is to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday of Confederation in 2017.