Panel discussion - Climate change here and now: making sense of it all

Action Begets Hope: How to Engage Your Students in Climate Solutions SymposiumSocial StudiesScience
1 Hour Session
9:00 AM, Thursday 13 Feb 2020 (1 hour)
Division 1 - Grades 1-3Division 2 - Grades 4-6Division 3 - Grades 7-9Division 4 - Grades 10-12Administration
Location : TELUS Convention Centre - Macleod E4

Join us for what promises to be a highly engaging conversation about what climate change means for Calgarians and why it matters. We’ll also discuss the need for advancing climate literacy in K-12 schools and how teachers can do this while delivering on the curriculum. We’ll start this session by a series of short presentations from a variety of local experts who will each offer a unique perspective on this complex topic. This will be followed by a question and answer period. You will then have an opportunity to unpack what you’ve heard through a facilitated table discussion with your teaching peers, grouped by subject and grade.

Moderator: Dr. Marie Tremblay - Senior Education Advisor, Alberta Council for Environmental Education Panelists:

  • Dr. Andria Dawson - Assistant Professor, Mount Royal University: What does climate change look like in Alberta?
  • Dr. Aida Nciri, Senior Lead, Quest Canada (Smart Energy Communities): Climate solutions: a glimpse into low carbon transitions
  • City of Calgary: Climate action in Calgary
  • Alberta Council for Environmental Education: Climate literacy in K-12 schools: current status and path forward
  • Alberta Youth Leaders on Environmental and Energy Education: Student perspective on climate education and action

Action Begets Hope: How to Engage Your Students in Climate Solutions Symposium

Climate change is widely viewed as the most serious and pressing issue of our time, not only radically altering our environment but posing an unprecedented threat to humanity itself. Calgarians are feeling first-hand the effects of climate change as floods, extreme weather events, and smoke from wildfires become part of our new reality. In recognition of the seriousness and urgency of climate change, the City of Calgary’s city council unanimously adopted, in 2018, the Calgary Climate Resilience Strategy - a blueprint for reducing city-wide greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to changing conditions created by climate change. But what does this all mean for teachers and students?

Join us for all or part of this all-day symposium as we explore what climate change means for Calgarians and especially, how you can unpack this complex issue with your students while delivering on your curriculum. In particular, we’ll equip you with information, techniques, and resources to confidently explore climate change with your students in a way that is evidence-based and invites open dialogue and critical thinking. We will also unveil Climate Schools for Climate Action - an exciting new opportunity for the school community to engage in student-led climate actions that support the Calgary’s Climate Resilience Strategy. You are welcome to join one, several, or all of the four exciting sessions we have lined up for the day. No advance registration required - seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

This symposium is specifically designed to help you:

 ● Better understand the science of climate change specifically within the Calgary context

 ● Understand what the City of Calgary is doing to address this challenge, and how teachers and students can be part of the solution; 

● Learn how to talk about climate change with your students in a depolarizing way; 

● Develop strategies for engaging students in climate education and action in a way that links to the curriculum and is age-appropriate; 

● Learn about programs, materials, and resources to support climate education and action for all ages.

Alberta Council for Environmental Education
Senior Education Advisor
Mount Royal University
Assistant Professor
Quest Canada (Smart Energy Communities)
Senior Lead


    80 Attendees