The UBC Climate Hub provides pathways for students to understand and contribute to the climate debate during their time at UBC. Through dialogue with key community partners, both on and off campus, it enables students to develop the skills necessary to contribute to lasting real-world changes, in both their personal and professional lives. By building a vibrant community with shared values and goals, the Climate Hub ensures that students have the support and resources they need to make an impact.
The Climate Hub began running its first programs in October 2018, launching with the Climate Mentorship program. The program connects undergraduate students, graduate students, professors, staff, and the broader community in mentorship pods grouped around specific themes. These pods help students expand their knowledge of climate change issues, draw hope and support from one another, and expand students’ social and professional networks. The program also creates space for climate change-centred projects to arise organically, and provides resources to support these projects. So far, there are over 150 students enrolled in the program as mentors or mentees.
The vision for the UBC Climate Hub originated with a dedicated group of student volunteers who wanted to see their ideas for climate action become a reality. During the summer of 2018, the Climate Hub was endorsed by UBC’s president, and received support from the university’s senior administration. The work of the Climate Hub is now coordinated by a dedicated staff member and three part-time student staff, who are hosted by the UBC Sustainability Initiative and report to the UBC Program Manager for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. These staff support the work of an incredible team of student volunteers and advisors.
To ensure that current UBC students and stakeholders have ongoing opportunities for important dialogue, the UBC Climate Hub needs help from the wider community. Your gift will support every aspect of the UBC Climate Hub’s work, from promoting programming and events, to supporting community involvement and education surrounding climate change and climate justice.