Resources to Help Give our Students a Better Future
Comments by the Education Minister
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange made the following comments at our 15 December 2020 Summit for Alberta’s Education Leaders to respond to our Call for Action to advance environmental, energy, and climate education:
“First and foremost, I want to assure you - the Alberta government supports the call to action to give students a better future by advancing environmental, energy, and climate education… I firmly believe that our collective response to the call to action will provide Alberta students with the environmental education they deserve. It is up to us to give our students hope and prepare them for a rapidly changing world…”
[referring to curriculum reform] “The [ACEE] Curriculum for a Sustainable Future guidebook is being used as a reference… As the K-12 curriculum is renewed, I am confident that it will enable Alberta students to develop better environmental and energy literacy..”
[in the context of green school construction] “I encourage the school authorities to be creative and link these features and other environmental building solutions to [student] learning.”
Some tools that support this work
- Curriculum for a Sustainable Future - outlines what Alberta students should learn about environment, energy, and climate
- Responding to Climate Change Education : A Primer for K-12 Education - outlines how Ministries of Education, School Divisions, and Schools can help inform and empower climate action from the Sustainability and Education Policy Network
- Primer - Greening School Infrastructure and Student Learning - we created this primer to help school boards explore opportunities and ideas for their own school board
- Brighter Futures: Youth visions for Environmental Education in 2030 - a powerful student-created video available in its original 6.5 minute length, or as shorter segments.
- Supporting Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Climate Education in Alberta Schools - student recommendations
- Curriculum links for environmental, energy, and climate education and action - for teachers
- Roadmap to Excellent Climate Change Education - how to help students learn about climate and take action - for all educators
- The Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si - available also as a simple summary that speaks in support of this work.
- Handout of Inspiring Environmental Education Policies and Initiatives
Hear From Passionate Youth
At ACEE, we support the Alberta Youth Leaders for Environmental and Energy Education (AYLEEE) and we are happy to connect you with them! If you are interested in in hearing from thoughtful, passionate, and well-informed youth, please contact our Youth and Program Coordinator, Shauna Kelly, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we might connect you. To learn more about this group of passionate youth leaders, click here.
Check out the video below to see these youth in action!
More Quotes from Youth
Chloe: "Environmental, energy, and climate education is important to me because I feel it will further the understanding of not only youth, but the teachers and parents as well."
Chris: "We need to support teachers because they mold they ideas of change in youth. They are our mentors in change. And we need to support that."
Sasha: "We know the flaws and benefits better than anyone, and we can provide so much incite as to what it feels like to be a teen today, because, at the end of the day, we’re going to be the ones who have to deal with environmental problems and we’re already starting to see its effects. And we can’t handle this future without environmental education, or without direct action from the provincial government."
Kelly: "Having environmental education will cultivate knowledgeable and caring future generations who will be brave instead of fearful and hopeful instead of hopeless."
Workshop Presentations & Videos
Encouraging Developments by Education Leaders…
"BE IT RESOLVED… That the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) supports sustainable development... all Alberta students must be provided access to an environmental education.” (ASBA Resolution, passed in 2016)
“BE IT RESOLVED that the Association accept the scientific consensus that anthropogenic climate change is a real and critical challenge.. and supports the inclusion of curriculum that explicitly addresses issues relating to anthropogenic climate change in a manner that is subject and age appropriate.” (Resolutions 3-13 and 3-14, passed by the Alberta Teachers’ Association in 2020)
“Students will demonstrate an understanding of economic development and entrepreneurship, and will recognize the responsibility we share for environmental stewardship and sustainability.” (2020 Ministerial Order on Student Learning, Government of Alberta)
In the News...
This work, along with the voices of Alberta students and teachers, has recently been featured in the news. To learn more, click here.