You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers, and May conferences bring environmental and energy education to the Rocky Mountains. This spring, over 200 teachers and environmental educators from all throughout Alberta (and some from British Columbia too) came together to ‘recharge’ in Canmore at our first annual Recharge conference. Over the course of three days, we explored the challenges, opportunities and solutions in environmental and energy education with nearly 50 indoor and outdoor workshops.
15 year old Greta Thunberg helped launch an initiative by school-aged children to boycott school in response to the climate crisis. She made headlines last month through her uncompromising - and uncomfortable! - presentation to the United Nations' COP24 Climate Change conference in Poland. For Greta, it's as simple as this: climate change is a threat to our survival, and the world is not doing enough about it. Each Friday since August 2018, Greta has missed school to go on strike outside of the Swedish Parliament Building.
On September 26, Diana Kurila and Murdoch McKinnon made a pitch at the 2018 Alberta Climate Summit as Youth Energy Changemakers. In front of hundreds of influential players in energy and climate, they asked for partnerships and support for their Green Energy and Climate Learning Lab project, which will be installed on the roof of their former high school and consist of solar panels, a weather station, and a wind turbine. Diana and Murdoch, now students at Mount Royal University (MRU), will be mentors for
On Nov. 8, 2018, Mount Royal University students in the Bachelor of Education program took part in a "Greening Your Curriculum" workshop lead by Gareth Thomson and Diana Kurila, who is also a fourth year student in the program and working with ACEE part-time.
These eager and thoughtful teachers learned a variety of games to bring into their practicums and future classrooms, and took part in planning their own curriculum-aligned action projects to embark on with their future students.