Why We Exist
Next Up is a leadership program for young people committed to environmental and social justice. We are a project of genius and operate in a 7 month long leadershp program in 8 cities across the country to train and grow emerging progressive leadership. We were created with the belief that a better world is not just possible, but is imperative, and that we must support young leaders if we are to find solutions to our collective challenges. We believe in this mission now, more than ever. In Alberta we also offer The Climate Leadership Program (CLP) a 5-weekend retreat-based course for Alberta residents committed to bringing climate action to their organizations and communities.
The Climate Leadership Program was created to address a percieved gap in climate leadership, by building a deeper and broader platform of support within Alberta for climate change action and policy, so that Alberta can become an international leader in climate action. Work is to build a stronger and more diverse network of climate leadership in the Calgary and connect it to provincial climate action efforts.
The CLP’s programming targets people who are not necessarily current climate leaders, or even focused on climate change in their present work. Through developing climate literacy and leadership skills amongst these participants, Next Up will build a more diverse climate leadership network that will bring conversations and action on climate change into their Calgary communities and organizations.
Visible climate leadership from outside the environmental sector (i.e. the usual suspects), is needed to shift the perception that climate change is solely an environmental issue and highlight the ways relevant action can be taken across the province, and by multiple actors. Current approaches to climate solutions are not benefiting from the knowledge and experience held by people who are outside of the traditional sphere of environment, climate policy and action. By increasing the number and diversity of climate focused activists and organizations in Calgary, Next Up will extend the impact of our province wide network’s existing 250 grads and 60 engaged presenters and collaborators into new sectors, and contribute to the important work of breaking down those sectors’ unique challenges.