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Youth Climate Report gives global youth the skills and tools to report on and so contribute to the dialogue around the science of, and policy responses to, climate change.

Our training empowers global youth to participate in the climate change dialogue at the very highest policy level (the UNFCCC) and so become knowledge ambassadors in their communities, while at the same time learning essential digital (journalistic) story-telling skills.

Youth Climate Report contributes to increasing global understanding of climate change impacts, adaptation and mitigation. 

Through crowdsourced film reports by youth, we contribute to bridging the gap between science and policy on climate change. (In its 2011 UNEP Foresight Process which detailed 21 emerging environmental issues for the 21st Century, UNEP identified the science/policy divide as the 3rd most important of the cross-cutting issues and 4th most important issue overall).

Youth Climate Report is a not for profit project located in Toronto, Canada.

Project Team

John Kelly is an advisor. John began his career as a lawyer in the banking group of a large Toronto firm. For the last several years, he has provided executive producer and financing consulting services to film and television producers, culminating most recently in a feature film he co-produced being invited to the 2008 Sundance Festival.

John studied the business of film production with legendary US indie distributor and producer Ira Deutchman at Columbia University’s Columbia Business School in New York City. Together with Mark Terry, he is the producer of the documentary The Polar Explorer.

Mark has been producing film and television for the past 25 years. Mark’s adventurous spirit has brought him to exotic locations on all seven continents, and has completed his PhD in creating multilinear documentary film projects such as the Youth Climate Report, known as the “Geo-Doc”.

Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His two films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer – were made in partnership with UNEP and both premiered at the Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Together, both films have won 19 international film awards for excellence.

As a Fellow of The Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.