The city of Dallas announced a new Dallas Environmental Youth Advisory Council, an initiative seeking to empower and mobilize youth to take proactive steps towards environmental sustainability within the governmental sector.
The new council offers teens in the city an “opportunity to demonstrate their thought leadership and contribute to building healthier and more sustainable communities,” said Carlos Evans, director of the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability, in a statement.
The city said that advancing environmental sustainability is critical in large cities such as Dallas. It said that urbanization, congested roadways, loss of green spaces, strained infrastructure, and heat islands are important issues facing the city.
The Environmental Youth Advisory Council is intended to tackle these issues through partnerships with city departments, the Dallas Environmental Commission, environmental agencies, and other organizations via education and hands-on work in various communities.
“Our younger generations are already so passionate and knowledgeable about environmental and climate issues,” Evans said. “It is crucial that we provide a venue for our youth to continue to learn about protecting our natural resources through everyday actions and major changes, as well as impacting the climate crises.”
Teens in Dallas can apply and be a part of this initiative, the city said.
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