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NOVA SCOTIA YOUTH CONSERVATION CORPS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ITS 2013 SUMMER PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE:

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 BY MIDNIGHT

Clean Nova Scotia is pleased to announce that the Community Partners Project Application Form is now available for the Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps (NSYCC) 2013 Summer Program. This is an opportunity for Nova Scotian organizations to deliver an environmental project this summer with financial support for the wages of two to four youth.  

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The NSYCC program’s goal is to build connections between young people (aged 17–30) and local community organizations to stimulate stewardship for the natural environment and the emergence of young community leaders.  This is done through engaging youth in the environmental field through hands-on work experience and knowledge sharing with their peers and mentors.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
The NSYCC partners with municipalities, non-profit community organizations, other community groups to provide meaningful work experience in the environmental field. Organizations may request crews of between two and four youth. The NSYCC contributes 75% of the labour costs, while the community partner is responsible for 25% of the labour costs and all other project costs. The NSYCC labour cost fee structure for the full summer program is as follows:

 

Number of NSYCC Crew Members

Community Partner

(25%)

NSYCC

(75%)

2 $1,968.96 $5,906.90
3 $2,953.44 $8,860.35
4 $3,937.92 $11,813.80

 

The student interns work 35 hours a week for nine weeks through the NSYCC program.

All project proposals must be submitted via email to  by midnight on Sunday, February 24, 2013. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:
Julia Pelton, Managing Coordinator, NSYCC at 420-7932.

 

NEW REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The economic impacts of climate change on Canada could climb to billions of dollars per year, unless we invest in adaptation and work to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy recently released a report, Paying the Price: the Economic Impacts of Climate Change for Canada, which makes the case for investing in adaptation and mitigation to reduce the costs that will be associated with inaction.  The report suggests that the economic impact of climate change on Canada could reach:

  • $5 billion per year by 2020
  • between $21 and $43 billion per year by 2050

This report is the first national study to show what the economic consequences to Canada could be as a result of climate change.  Although Canada contributes approximately 1.5% of global emissions, the report concludes that climate change impacts brought about by increased world-wide emissions have a real and growing economic cost to Canada. It also shows that adaptation – our capacity to manage the impacts to come – while not cost-free - is a cost-effective way to alleviate some of the impacts.

To see the full report, click here.