Our Clean Future actions

Leadership

Addressing climate change requires leadership. Governments, businesses and people all play a part in building a healthy, prosperous Yukon for years to come. 

Empowering our youth as the next generation of leaders

Future generations will experience the most significant impacts of climate change. We’ll continue to listen to young people on how we can better address the climate emergency we face. We’re supporting youth involvement in climate action by: 

  • providing opportunities to participate in 2 youth panels on climate change;
  • providing mentorship opportunities for youth to participate in international climate change and energy events with government staff; and 
  • supporting land-based programs in Yukon schools that teach Yukon First Nations ways of knowing and doing. 

Learn about the Yukon’s Youth Panels on Climate Change

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Four members of the Yukon Youth Panel on Climate Change seated and looking forward at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
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Supporting learning and training opportunities

Through a partnership with Yukon University, we developed 2 introductory climate change training courses. These are now available online to all Yukoners, including Government of Yukon staff.

Take a climate change course at Yukon University. 

There are 16 actions in Our Clean Future that support leadership objectives. To learn more about these actions and where we’ve made progress, scroll through the tabs below. 

Complete

  • Action L1: Create a Clean Energy Act by 2023 that legislates our greenhouse gas reduction targets and our commitments to energy efficiency and demand-side management to hold the Government of Yukon accountable.
  • Action L2: Incorporate a climate change lens into the decision-making process for major Government of Yukon policies, programs, and projects by 2021.
  • Action L3: Incorporate climate change risks into Government of Yukon departmental planning processes by 2022.
  • Action L4: Incorporate greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency into the process for identifying and prioritizing Government of Yukon infrastructure retrofits projects by 2023, with additional considerations for climate adaptation starting in 2025. Revised
  • Action L5: Launch a suite of climate change training to offer to Government of Yukon employees, including decision makers, by 2025. Revised
  • Action L6: Create a Youth Panel on Climate Change in 2020 that will provide advice and perspectives to the Government of Yukon on climate change, energy and green economy matters that reflects the diversity of Yukon youth.
  • Action L11: Begin participating in the National Forest Inventory monitoring program in 2022 to gather information about forest carbon stocks, potential biomass energy supply, pest and forest fire risks, and climate impacts on Yukon’s forests.
  • Action L12: Create easy access to technical information and lessons learned about climate change, energy and green economy for governments and stakeholders by 2021.
  • Action L13: Launch a Yukon-wide information or social marketing campaign in 2021 that will educate Yukoners on greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, climate change adaptation, and other topics and highlight what Yukoners can do to support climate change initiatives.

In progress

  • Action L7: Provide mentorship and engagement opportunities for Yukon youth, including participating in territorial and major international climate change and energy events with Government of Yukon staff beginning in 2023. Revised
  • Action L9: Assess climate hazards and vulnerabilities to those hazards across Yukon every three to four years between 2020 and 2030 to prioritize climate change adaptation actions.
  • Action L10: Support the Government of Canada’s work to develop a pan-territorial climate hub by 2030 that will support access to climate data and projections for the north.
  • Action L14: Develop and implement new guidelines for addressing climate change hazard, including opportunities for safe community centres, in all major Government of Yukon infrastructure projects in the Yukon by 2024. Revised
  • Action L15: Develop and implement a framework to incorporate greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk into government infrastructure investments in 2024.
  • Action L16: Align the Government of Yukon’s energy management program with an internationally standardized energy management system by 2025.

Ongoing

  • Action L8: Continue to support land-based programs in the Yukon school curriculum that teach First Nations ways of knowing and doing to youth.

New in 2023

  • Action L17: By 2030, finalize a net-zero and just transition plan in collaboration with Indigenous and municipal and industry partners.
  • Action L18: Incorporate climate change considerations throughout Government of Yukon's asset management process for buildings by 2025. 
  • Action L19: Integrate climate change into the current Yukon curriculum, and support educators in developing Yukon specific climate change courses by 2027.
  • Action L20: Implement a First Nations Credit Policy by 2024 to allow students to gain course credits for traditional and on-the-land activities to support connection to the land and the changing climate
  • Action L21: Complete an assessment of wetland soil carbon reserves within priority watersheds by 2027.
  • Action L22: By 2027, establish at least 75 new forestry research plots to support research, planning and reporting on forest carbon stocks, potential biomass energy supply, forest health and forest fire risks
  • Action L23: By 2024, work with various levels of Government to develop guidance  on greenhouse gas emissions accounting practices that support consistent, simple and transparent reporting of emission reductions. 

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