When it comes to climate leadership and energy efficiency in Alberta, I have a simple request for our leaders in government and schools: please don't forget about our children.
The view from 30,000 feet is pretty good, with the Notley government promising that 2017 will bring useful things like a price on carbon, and an agency that will help Albertans reach that low-hanging fruit of climate mitigation called “energy efficiency.”
One of our favourite jobs is to 'shine a light' on exciting initiatives and best practices in Alberta - and today we're pleased to highlight leaders from Alberta's two largest school boards! Edmonton Public School Board Chair Michael Janz asks the wicked question "What if EPSB was powered by 100% renewable energy?", while Calgary Board of Education trustee Julie Hrdlicka highlights CBE's leadership and its important 'ask' of the Alberta School Board Association to
Education Minister David Eggen will outline the links between the Provincial governments' work – including new curriculum - and our conference theme. We've also confirmed three awesome educators who will tell us about their exploration of climate change in their classroom. Read more, and register - just $75!
Green Energy Futures is a multi-media storytelling project about the green energy revolution that is already underway. We've highlighted two Green Energy Futures videos that showcase climate leadership by Alberta students and Alberta schools:
In this province, most power and decision-making lies in the hands of over sixty school authorities – so it is essential that school boards and their superintendents hear students’ recommendation on ‘How Alberta schools can show climate leadership.’
Climate change can be intimidating and overwhelming - but we believe the antidote to despair is ACTION.
- Leah Buchanan, Queen Elizabeth High School, Edmonton