Hope Through Action

Discover DOWN TO YOU podcast, a jargon-free, high-energy podcast that uncovers net zero solutions in communities across British Columbia, brought to you by the Fraser Basin Council’s Youth Program. Get immersed in stories of bold youths who are reducing their climate footprint and offering inspiring solutions for net-zero future. Together, we are empowering Canadians to take action towards a more sustainable future. We can all support and contribute to broader goals and policies that will set Canada towards its path to achieving net-zero.

Introducing Down to You

featured episode

Emerging Opportunities for Climate Action

Potential of AI to help address climate change

n our ever advancing world, there are new technologies and tools made available everyday, transforming our world and our capabilities to enact change within it. AI is one such tool, which could alter the fate of civilization and the climate. Most conversations around AI and the way it is already affecting work aren’t very positive, but could AI’s story be different when it comes to conservation and climate change? Join us on the fifth episode of Down to You to discuss the ways software innovation and marine conservation have found a unique, symbiotic relationship. Hear from Alexander Dungate in Vancouver, who specializes in finding ways to use software and computer science to support sustainable fisheries that are improving ways we care and conserve our marine resources in today’s world affected by climate change.

Episode Guests

Alexander Dungate | LinkedIn

Alexander Dungate is the co-founder of OnDeck Fisheries AI. A graduate of the UBC Saunder School of Business, with a Masters of Management and Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Biology, Dungate is passionate about marine conservation. OnDeck AI uses AI to provide necessary data needed to ensure fishing regulations are properly followed and our marine resources are protected. This unique combination of software innovation for fishing practice has not only allowed for advanced efficiency in the fishing industry but it also provides governments data on changing behaviors in fish that may indicate their response to warming oceans and climate change.

OnDeck Fisheries AI is angling to revolutionize the fisheries monitoring industry with its software – BC Business
OnDeck Fisheries AI is aiming to revolutionize the fisheries industry with its software
ECOP Programme empowers the Next Generation of Ocean Leaders. Their vision is to elevate and strengthen the diverse perspectives of new generations of ocean professionals through a collective voice, ensuring that knowledge is transferred between experienced and early-career ocean professionals to promote ocean sustainability for “The Ocean We Want”.
Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate Community Support & Social Enterprise Funding – Google.org
The Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate awards community-driven nonprofits and social enterprises with support to make their community — and beyond — a better place.

ABOUT Canada's 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan

Inspiring Climate Action

We all want a liveable future—one where our communities, climate and ecosystems are healthy. But it’s hard to know how to contribute to this future or how our own individual actions can really make a difference.

Down to You podcast shares inspiring youth stories and replicable ideas of how individuals can reduce emissions—personally and in their communities. We’re traveling across B.C. to reveal narratives that underscore the transformative qualities of positive personal actions.

Discover the ways that young people and their families work towards climate solutions whether in a mountain village, coastal town or urban center with Brock Endean. This is a jargon-free, dynamic deep dive into ideas that are changing the world one step at a time, whether through waste and food systems, economic development, transportation, water protection and more.

Have your own inspiration and ideas? We want to hear from you about what you’re doing to support net zero solutions in your community or who’s inspiring your own actions.

About Us

Down to You podcast is the latest project of the Fraser Basin Council’s Youth Program. We believe in the power of transforming communities through positive actions. Our work revolves around supporting youth engagement in sustainability initiatives and building their capacity to take on leadership roles in their communities. We engage youth in communities across the province and we want to give our gratitude to the many Indigenous Nations of British Columbia for welcoming us on their unceded ancestral territories where we live and work.

We are thrilled  to bring you net-zero stories by youth from across BC as part of the Down to You podcast, hosted by Hollis Nelson and Alex Penney.

Meet the hosts

Hollis Nelson

Shared territory of musqueam squamish and tsleil-waututh

A hawk of some kind. I’d love to experience their perspective from high in the sky and with such amazing eyesight! They also experience exceptional hearing, with strong beaks and sharp talons that make them amazing hunters and foragers. And finally, the females are bigger than the males!

Thoughtful, creative, dedicated

We all have stories embedded in our being. Be patient, remain curious, hold space, and let the story tell itself.

My journey towards storytelling began in my childhood. I was homeschooled as a child and a lot of my upbringing involved art and make-believe. My dad always encouraged my dreams and my imaginations. For many years my dad and I would make books to give to people for the holiday season.
Together we would write and illustrate these stories as gifts for our loved ones. It was in this collaborative spirit that my storytelling journey began.

I would like to leave my listener with inspiration and hope, with vision and possibility, and with a firm belief in the coming of a better world.

Alex Penney

Squamish/Musqueam/Tsleil Waututh

Tiger. There may be more creative answers, but I would just love to feel what it is like to be a tiger. Agility, awareness and grace in a world of speed, sound and scent. And napsin the sun.

Exploring, Inquiring, Enjoying

Listening is my philosophy. Everyone has something interesting to share.

My introduction to storytelling was through books, family stories, and music. I went on to study Philosophy, where I was drawn to aphorisms and fiction as forms that struck a chord with me. My life eventually led me to music and art, where I now create pieces based on narrative, sometimes in a roundabout way. I tend to tell stories through recording, collecting and collaging. I remix memories from my journey – from people I meet and places I go – to form a story and express an idea.

I would like to share perspectives with others and create more understanding among people and the planet. Sharing stories inspires insight into where we come from, where we are, and where we might be going.

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