Climate Action

As a supporter of SOI, we know you care about the planet and the impacts of climate change. That’s why our newsletter this month is completely focused on climate action. Read on for inspiration from youth taking climate action, advice for creating change in your community, and some suggestions for your next favourite podcast.
We often hear lines like “listen to the youth, they are our future” or “listen to your elders!” The reality is when older and younger generations work together, powerful things can happen. 
RSVP for a webinar where we will discuss how different generations can come together to learn from one another to tackle climate change and take action.

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If you’re looking to make change in your community, but have no idea where to start, this is for you! We’re excited to share the #InfiltrationManual, a guide developed by @youthclimatelab & @ClimateLC to help youth take climate action at the local level. The manual demystifies municipal government structures and provides tools on creating the policy you want to see.
Inspired by the 2019 Students on Ice Arctic expedition, Who? follows the journey of a Snowy owl, Ukpik, in search of a new home, after his own is left uninhabitable by the impacts of climate change. This inspiring and informative Arctic tale is a wonderful story for teachers and parents to share with younger children and start discussions about climate change and environmental stewardship. 

The book is launching the first week of April, check out
for more information and get notified when the book is ready for purchase!

Here are 6 climate podcasts you should be listening to now!

Whether you have 10, 20 or 60 minutes you can listen to stories from people experiencing climate firsthand and how they are advocating for change. Have you given podcasts a try? 82% of our Instagram audience said in a recent poll that they are podcast listeners. 

Check out the ones they recommend!

SOI Staff Pick: The Sprouts Initiative

In August 2017, Stephanie Quon (Arctic 2019 alum) started The Sprouts Initiative, a community organization focused on sustainability and accessibility. The initiative began as a project focused on minimizing waste, where they collected end-of-day food from bakeries and donated them to local shelters. As of August 2020, the initiative has donated over 10,000 meals. Through the past three years, they have also received $31,500 in federal grants to fund community-based accessibility projects. Read More.

Alumni Making Waves: Environmental Escape Rooms

Leah Davidson, Antarctic 2011 alum and 2020 Climate Action Cohort member has found a way to make learning about climate change fun for kids with her Environmental Escape Rooms. Leah wanted to build an online experience that could serve as a virtual field trip for schools affected by the pandemic. She recently received grants from Passion to Purpose and the Jane Goodall Institute for her initiative. Learn More.

What's on Deck!

On the next issue of the Bridge we will be focusing on the power of experiential learning. Hear from alumni who have participated in delegations around the world, read some findings from a study conducted on SOI’s expeditions, watch how these experiences impact youth, and more!

Did you know?

Hey Alumni, did you know we are launching a couple of mini-micro grants on April 20th?

If you’re an SOI Alum, from anywhere in the world, with an idea for a climate-focused project, we want to help you! 

Go to MySOI for more information.
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