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UCDSB: Student gardening motion denied

Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 15 May 2020

A motion encouraging students to grow their own food while learning from home was denied at the public school board this week.

Upper Canada District School Board trustee John McCrea put forward a motion at this week’s board meeting to inspire students to get outside and plant vegetable gardens, citing a variety of benefits associated with gardening.

“There is a deep and profound feeling that people get when they’re outside,” McCrea said at the meeting.

“Growing something really makes you feel better.”

The motion explained that “gardening, be it in a container on a window sill or on a hectare of good land, is therapeutic, productive, measurable and available to all students.”

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Transit training offers independence, confidence to young riders

The Energy Mix / 6 May 2020

Youth, schools, and communities all stand to gain from a public transit initiative in Kingston, Ontario that is empowering young riders, making (pre-COVID) field trips less costly and more climate-friendly, and encouraging life-long transit ridership.

Describing a “simple but powerful model to transform public transportation,” Green Teacher explains that the Kingston initiative hinges on “two systemic changes”: actively teaching students how to ride the bus, and, subsidizing transit to make it free for students until they graduate from high school.

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Educating children in the spirit of simple living

Mother Earth News / Anna Twitto / 9 November 2017

I see many parents driven by the famous “Mom, I’m bored!” especially during summer vacations – so much that they feel compelled to entertain their children 24/7. As soon as the child says he or she is bored, they will be immediately taken to the mall, the zoo, the swimming pool, or signed up to any number of extra-curricular activities.

Boredom, while often seen as unproductive, can in fact be of infinite use. A bored mind is a clear, unoccupied mind, which can, when provided with the right tools, produce great things. Inventions, books, scrapbooks, crafts, paintings, new recipes, creative role-playing games, and even various household projects have been known to grow out of a seemingly nonconstructive, “bored” state of mind.

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Youth Climate Action Summit 2020 postponed to October

Frontenac Arch Biosphere / FAB This Month / 26 April 2020

The FABN in partnership with the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation and the Enviro Club at Brockville Collegiate Institute are organizing a Youth Climate Action Summit. The Summit was to take place on April 20-21, 2020 at the Aquatarium in Brockville. In light of recent global and regional recommendations, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network decided to postpone the Youth Climate Action Summit to October 5-6, 2020. At this point in time, details on the summit, available at youthclimateactionsummit.ca, will remain the same and registrations are still open for the new dates. We look forward to hosting this powerful two day gathering of youth in the fall!

New climate action funding announced for Science North

Environment and Climate Change Canada / 21 February 2020

This funding will allow Science North to engage Indigenous students and youth across Northern Ontario on climate change. Approximately 2,500 students will participate in hands-on school programs in First Nation communities and over 400 students in Thunder Bay and North Bay will attend Climate Connections events. These activities, such as the Climate Connections event taking place today at the Thunder Bay Science Festival, will increase students’ understanding of climate change science and empower them to take climate action.

The Climate Action Fund provides up to $3 million annually to support projects delivered by students, youth, Indigenous Peoples and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research and educational institutions that raise awareness of climate change and encourage others to take meaningful climate action.

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‘Overwhelming and terrifying’: the rise of climate anxiety

The Guardian / Matthew Taylor, Jessica Murray / 10 February 2020

The physical impact of the climate crisis is impossible to ignore, but experts are becoming increasingly concerned about another, less obvious consequence of the escalating emergency – the strain it is putting on people’s mental wellbeing, especially the young.

Psychologists warn that the impact can be debilitating for the growing number of people overwhelmed by the scientific reality of ecological breakdown and for those who have lived through traumatic climate events, often on the climate frontline in the global south.

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The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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