Past Events

Supporting youth in the face of the climate emergency

Building a Climate Resilient Business Community in Nelson

Closing the Circular Economy Loop Locally

We are ending this first series as we began – by highlighting youth. We will have several short talks, followed by a discussion on how we can support youth in our community in the face of the climate emergency. Come and hear about Kaitlyn Taburiaux’s survey of Selkirk College youth about climate anxiety, followed by several current projects of Youth Climate Corps – one on climate anxiety and resilience building, and another which is compiling resources for how youth can take climate action, personally and collectively. We’ll also hear from Nelson City Councilor Nicole Charlwood on how she is supporting youth to run for office in the fall municipal election. Jamie Hunter, local youth activist, will moderate and give an update about successes and challenges of Fridays For Future.


There is now a Business & Climate Advisor at the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce! This new position is the direct result of a participant-led initiative from NestLab. This webinar will welcome Josh Young to share how his new role will support businesses to implement or expand impactful climate initiatives. Focusing on both issues of mitigation and adaptation, the work is intended to get businesses thinking about how they can take action to contribute to the goals of the Nelson Next Community Climate Plan. Join us for the opportunity to ask Josh some burning questions and show support for local businesses taking action on climate!

Our third lunchtime webinar features Rossland based Kootenay Outdoor and Environmental Learning Society (KOELS) on how we can advance the circular economy locally. It's also on Earth Day!

Most people have heard of the circular economy. Diverting more of our waste stream for reuse in other products is great news, but there are still significant supply chain issues. Most of the components (e.g., plastic, electronics) are shipped to differing major centers, recycled into reusable product (e.g., recycled plastic pellets) and then shipped somewhere else to be formed into another product (e.g., computer components). What if we can substantially reduce the supply chain and do more of the steps locally?

We will hear about businesses that have taken up this challenge and are recycling plastic into products without leaving the local area. We will also learn about zero waste facilities which take waste from one product and use it in the production of other products, considerably reducing waste. We hope to have a lively discussion and come up with more ideas on what we can do to close the circular economy loop locally.

A Multi-Modal Active Transport Network connecting all of the West Kootenays!

Join us for the WK Climate Hub's second monthly lunchtime webinar series, featuring some of our amazing climate hub partner organizations. This month we feature the West Kootenay Cycling Coalition. There will be plenty of time for questions and dialogue. Stay as long as you have time for. All welcome!

- Learn more about the West Kootenay Cycling Coalition (WKCC) and the events and projects they have planned for 2022 — including how to become a member, a bicycle share program, upcoming group ride events and plans for a protected pathway connecting Nelson to Castlegar and beyond. Meet core members laying the groundwork for lasting, positive change on the map of our region - a route for foot and bike travellers, connecting communities and recreation sites.

- See the first public plans for the Nelson–Castlegar “Dream”: infrastructure for work and play, a team from across nonprofits and government, and the push for a $50,000 federal grant for Phase 1

- Find out about multi-modal, all-access transportation for our pivot from carbon
Help name the route!

Becoming a Staple: West Kootenay Youth Climate Corps launches its third season

Join us for the WK Climate Hub's new monthly lunchtime webinar series, featuring some of our amazing climate hub partner organizations. This innaugural one highlights Wildsight's Youth Climate Corp. There will be plenty of time for questions and dialogue. Stay as long as you have time for. All welcome!

The Youth Climate Corps (YCC) is not a new concept. Work from the likes of Seth Klein has shown that Canada has successfully mobilized its populations in the past to address crises. With the effects of a changing climate already present in the Kootenays, the YCC is a program that addresses targeted mobilization and leadership by young people at a local level to problems that will compound as the greenhouse effect grows.