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  • According to JCCYC Director, Eleanor Terrelonge, the pandemic has presented a crucial opportunity to get more young people involved in climate advocacy and action.
  • In addition, the Council recently launched the Project Planet Protection campaign, which is aimed at promoting environmental stewardship over the next few months.
  • The youth organization also hosts a lunch and learn series, which is a weekly Instagram session, featuring guest presenters on climate and environment-related topics.

The Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council (JCCYC) has increased its engagement efforts through a series of activities to promote climate change and sustainable living.

The JCCYC is the youth affiliate of the Jamaica Climate Change Advisory Board.

According to JCCYC Director, Eleanor Terrelonge, the pandemic has presented a crucial opportunity to get more young people involved in climate advocacy and action.

“For us, we had to take a step back and rethink how we could continue climate advocacy without our face-to-face events. In 2020, we held an online conversation series #COVIDChat to look at how climate change and COVID-19 affect all aspects of society and we have used insights from that conversation to craft our 2021 ReImagine Advocacy plan,” she said.

The council is today hosting a virtual thrift shop expo, in observance of Global Recycling Day.

“The event includes participation from 12 thrift stores promoting clothing, books, and household items. The day’s activities seek to encourage greater responsible and sustainable consumption as well as boost opportunities for local entrepreneurship,” Ms Terrelonge noted.

The JCCYC is also hosting a recycling competition, “Ready, Set, Recycle” from March 18 to April 17, a 30 day challenge promoting recycling awareness and best practices.
Under the theme ‘The Solution is less Pollution’, the competition encourages individuals or group entrants to collect recyclable items for drop off at designated Recycling Partners Jamaica depots.

In addition, the Council recently launched the Project Planet Protection campaign, which is aimed at promoting environmental stewardship over the next few months.

The youth organization also hosts a lunch and learn series, which is a weekly Instagram session, featuring guest presenters on climate and environment-related topics.

To learn more, persons can connect with the JCCYC at ‘ourfootprintja’ on social media or visit ourfootprintja.wordpress.com.

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