Y Talk Climate Podcast

An expert podcast series on mobilizing youth for climate action

The BCCIC Climate Change Branch has officially launched an expert podcast series on mobilizing youth for climate action titled “Y Talk Climate”The goal of the “Y Talk Climate” podcast is to educate youth in British Columbia, Canada and around the world about the climate crisis and empower them to turn expert insights into action. 

Through this project, the Climate Change Branch is excited to publish interviews with experts in the climate change field on various issues related to climate action, the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs), sustainable development and local-global issues. The “Y Talk Climate” podcast is led by the Coordinator of Public Affairs and Communications (PAC) Division at the Climate Change Branch, Eliana Fleifel, and is hosted by two talented Media Developers, Simran Sarai and Bomin Keum.

Meet the Podcast Hosts

Simran Sarai is a bachelors in Political Science and Environmental Management student at Simon Fraser University. Simran was a spokesperson for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, and presenter at Radio-Canada (CBC French). She aims to raise awareness of global issues and show their interdisciplinary nature in impacting all-of-society. 

Bomin Keum is a passionate Criminology and International Studies student at Simon Fraser University. She was awarded the Global Citizenship Award from Chiang Mai International School in 2018 and won 6 Model United Nations Awards. She hopes to address the structural implications of climate change within our local communities, and to review our current practices for insights into future policy modifications.

Simran Sarai

Host, Media Developer

Y Talk Climate Podcast

Bomin Keum

Host, Media Developer

Y Talk Climate Podcast


Episode 1 discusses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the topic of advancing climate action both locally and abroad. 

Our guest, Jeffery Qi, has worked as a climate policy analyst and negotiator. He has worked as an NGO Observer at the UN Climate Change Conference representing environmental organisations since 2017, and is currently the coordinator for the Climate Multilateral Affairs Division at BCCIC. Listen on Spotify.

In Episode 2 of the Y Talk Climate podcast, we discuss the details of Canada’s new climate plan and what it means for Canadians across a broad array of sectors. 

Nicholas Rivers is the Canada Research Chair in Climate and Energy Policy. His research focuses on the economic evaluation of environmental policies. He has received awards for his research from the Trudeau Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, and the National Science and Engineering Research Council. Listen on Spotify

March 2021 marks the first anniversary of the global COVID19 pandemic. In light of this, we’ve dedicated the third episode of the Y Talk Climate podcast to learning about how COVID19 has impacted climate action and how to increase the capacity of all communities to advance climate action in a post COVID world. Our guest, PhD candidate and UNFCCC COP Delegation Coordinator at BCCIC Climate Change Keila Stark, also provides insight into how the pandemic has impacted the planning and occurrence of international climate conferences and how organisations across Canada and around the world can increase the inclusion of youth at high-profile climate discussions during and after COVID19. Listen on Spotify

Marina Melanidis has been named one of Canada’s Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leaders and Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists! In this episode, Simran and Bomin ask Marina to share what motivated her to found Youth4Nature and the impact they have as a youth led organization on climate action. You won’t want to miss this invaluable discussion about Marina’s journey to becoming a youth climate leader. Tune in to gain insight on how to explore your passion for change and how to work with stakeholders in your community to advance climate action.

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