Mesa Launches Youth Climate Action Fund

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~ Mesa Mayor John Giles has announced that the Mesa Youth Climate Action Fund will officially begin accepting applications on June 1. This fund, which is open to young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who reside in or attend school in Mesa, aims to support projects that address the city's Climate Action Goals.

The fund, which has been granted $50,000 by Bloomberg Philanthropies, will provide microgrants of up to $5,000 to fund youth-led initiatives focused on heat mitigation, water stewardship, clean air, and increasing Mesa's tree canopy. The deadline for submitting applications is July 31.

Mayor Giles expressed his excitement about this initiative, stating that it is entirely youth-led. He also expressed his gratitude for the investment made by Bloomberg Philanthropies and welcomed the opportunity to work closely with the next generation on projects that will lead towards a more sustainable future.

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According to Mayor Giles, local governments have played a critical role in climate mitigation and adaptation over the last decade. Mesa is one of many cities taking proactive actions and adopting a local Climate Action Plan to protect its environment and natural resources responsibly.

UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions and former mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg also emphasized the importance of involving young people in addressing climate change. He stated that it is crucial for those who have the most at stake to lead the way in finding solutions.

The Bloomberg Philanthropies Youth Climate Action Fund was kickstarted at the Mayors Innovation Studio during COP28 as part of the Local Climate Action Summit. This initiative provides cities with tools, techniques, and support to engage young people in innovative approaches towards climate problem-solving and policymaking.

For more information about Mesas' Climate Action Plan and Mayor Giles' sustainability efforts, interested parties can contact Casey Blake at 480-644-3219 or casey.blake@mesaaz.gov. The City of Mesa website also has applications and program details available for those interested in applying for the Youth Climate Action Fund.

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