Transition Network / Maria Cooper / 09 January 2017
I went to university in St Andrews, Scotland, where we had a Transition University of St Andrews. Transition started out for me as something I just did to survive – it was cheaper to grow food than buy it, cheaper to swap clothes and books than buy them, and being outside planting trees or mending bikes was a life-giving contrast from the stuffy library and theoretical learning that otherwise filled my days to the brim. Besides, many of my friends and I often felt that sort of depression so prevalent among students: what difference am I making in the world? Who cares about yet another essay, being read by one tutor and then put on the pile of student pride or shame never to be looked at again?
Transition gave us something outside this bubble we could engage in, and crucially, learn skills that made us feel like we could actually be able to lead a good life in harmony with the planet.
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Sustain Ontario / Carolyn Webb / 08 November 2016
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Colleges Ontario / 12 October 2016
Ontario’s colleges are playing a leading role in Canada’s efforts to tackle climate change, says a new report released today.
The report, Moving to Net Zero: Colleges Leading the Way, highlights the 24 colleges’ achievements in everything from leading-edge research that promotes energy efficiency to the development of programs that prepare increasing numbers of graduates for careers in areas such as renewable energy and sustainable building construction.
“We’re at the forefront of the efforts to produce a cleaner economy,” said Linda Franklin, the president and CEO of Colleges Ontario. “Our colleges will play an even greater role in the years ahead as the country works to fulfil its international commitments to reduce emissions.”
The report released today documents achievements in five areas: research, community leadership, college programs, transportation and campus upgrades. The examples in the report confirm that all 24 colleges are playing an active part in the effort to reduce the province’s carbon footprint.
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Ministry of Energy / 19 February 2016
Ontario is investing $1.35 million over the next three years to educate students on ways to conserve energy and help fight climate change through the Ontario EcoSchools program.
Ontario EcoSchools is an environmental education and certification program for students in kindergarten to grade 12. Program resources help students and schools develop ecological literacy and environmental practices to become environmentally responsible and reduce their environmental footprint.
Funding will support four new initiatives including:
- Providing support to schools going through the EcoSchools certification process
- Encouraging schools to attain Platinum certification, the highest level achievable in the Ontario EcoSchools program
- Conducting a pilot to test student-friendly, online energy dashboards which monitor and display school energy consumption
- Expanding public outreach efforts through increased school events and media exposure
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CBC News / 18 October 2015
The Fundy Biosphere Reserve is introducing local climate change education to New Brunswick schools.
“A lot of the content that is prepared for teachers comes from Brazilian rainforest or coral reefs in Australia. We have some truly spectacular examples, in a scary sort of way, right here in our own backyard,” said Megan de Graaf, executive director of the Reserve.
The Reserve spoke with over 100 farmers, snow plow drivers, First Nations elders, farmers, academics and researchers to collect information about local climate change patterns.
“We began collecting what we considered disappearing information from people who had a lifetime of experience outside in the weather,” she said.
They’ve put together a series of seven videos, including a documentation from the Whitneys, who are a family of farmers and retired teachers who kept a journal for nearly 40 years.
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