Support for teachers: climate education resources

Action Begets Hope: How to Engage Your Students in Climate Solutions SymposiumSocial StudiesScience
1 Hour Session
2:15 PM, Thursday 13 Feb 2020 (1 hour)
Division 1 - Grades 1-3Division 2 - Grades 4-6Division 3 - Grades 7-9Division 4 - Grades 10-12
Location : TELUS Convention Centre - Macleod E4

Whether you’re an old hand at engaging in climate education and action with your students or just starting down this path, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the many excellent programs and resources that are available to Calgary teachers to support climate education and action. This session will follow a quick-paced ‘share fair’ format, beginning with a series of 2-min pitches by environmental education providers outlining key elements of their various offerings. Teachers will then rotate around to different tables to learn more about programs of interest.

Moderated by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education, this session will feature a host of excellent educational programs supporting climate education and action, including:

  • Alberta Tomorrow - The Alberta Tomorrow simulator is an educational tool that helps students understand the impact of climate change on land-uses such as agriculture, oil and gas, and forestry and the ecological integrity of ecosystems.
  • Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) - Climate-related programs including Climate Connect,CPAWS Action Challenge, and Energize.
  • Calgary Schools for Climate Action- A joint initiative by the Alberta Council for Environmental Education and the City of Calgary to engage K-12 students in the development of student-led climate actions plans that support the city’s new Climate Resilience Strategy.
  • Ever Active Schools- Employs Green Communities Canada's School Travel Planning toolkit to implement active school travel projects in schools across Alberta.
  • Green Calgary - Energy Revolution Fair, Citizen Science, and other programs designed to mitigate the effects of climate change.
  • King’s Centre for Visualization in Science - To tackle the grand challenge of understanding and responding to climate change, we will demonstrate, and our recently released interactive “Design our Climate” simulation, which your students can use to design the climate future for our planet, and explore how reductions in greenhouse gases can be achieved through a mosaic of mitigation solutions.
  • Inside Education - Youth summits, teacher professional development programs, classroom programs, learning resources, and grants to help you and your students better understand the science, technology, and issues related to our environment and natural resources.
  • Nature’s Ride - Works in partnership with Sustainable Energy Development Master’s students from the University of Calgary to engage elementary and junior high students in action on energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • People for Environmental and Energy Education (PEEL) - Resources, lesson plans and educator training sessions to equip today's educators with the science, the teaching tools and the support they need to ensure Alberta students are fluent in climate change science, clean energy technologies, and sustainability principles.
  • Planet Protector Academy - An interactive classroom-based program for grades 3-6 that inspires students to become environmental superheroes and lead change in their families.
  • GreenLearning – Innovative, solutions-focused free, online programs and resources on climate change for grades 3-12 that brings the issue down to a local level, enabling students to investigate the impacts in their own communities, while coming up with actionable ideas for mitigation and adaption.

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.

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