Why Calgary Schools and Teachers Should Get Involved in Ecoschools
Make Your School an EcoSchool!
Would you like to get your students involved in real-world climate action and environmental stewardship? Then, consider making your school an EcoSchool! Ecoschools Canada is an environmental certification program that provides teachers with a framework to engage their students and entire school community in environmental and climate action projects. Schools begin by creating their own environmental action plan by choosing from a list of options that each come with ready-made resources and lesson plans that are linked to the Alberta curriculum. Then comes the fun part of implementing the plan and by doing so, earning points to achieve bronze, silver, gold or platinum level status.
Why Should My School Join EcoSchools Canada?
Whether your school is a leader in environmental stewardship or you are just starting your journey, the EcoSchools Canada program offers many benefits:
- Explicit links to the Alberta curriculum
- Links to real-world action plans and strategies, from local to global
- A step-by-step process for creating a flexible environmental action plan
- Resources and lessons plans to help implement your plan
- A user-friendly online platform that allows you to track your progress
- Ability to track not only your school's impact but also the collective impact of multiple schools
- Opportunity to network, share, and celebrate with other schools
- Skills and knowledge to help create a more sustainable future
- A sense of hope and agency by actively engaging in solutions
- Free to publicly-funded schools
How does environmental stewardship, climate action and global citizenship tie into the curriculum? They tie in everywhere. For example, as Margaret Atwood has said “It's not climate change, it's everything change” – and our analysis of curriculum shows that climate education and action is something that all teachers at all grade levels and topics can do with their students, as our tree diagram illustrates below. The same goes for the concepts of environmental stewardship and global citizenship - concepts that are inherently inter-disciplinary and can find application across the curriculum.
To access links related to the K-6 Science curriculum, click here. This is very much a work in progress as we strive to identify links to climate change, nature and outdoor learning, Indigenous perspectives and more. As these resources are developed, we will share them on this site - stay tuned!
How Can My School Get Involved?
Here are five ways that teachers and schools can get involved with Ecoschools:
- Join one of our information sessions for schools on June 8 and June 10.
- Invite us to deliver an information session tailored to your school about Ecoschools.
- Help test the brand new EcoSchools Canada on-line platform - to be released in July 2020. If interested, email email@example.com
- Register to take part in our pilot year, starting September 2020.
- Join our working group and be directly involved in the development of this initiative. We are particularly interested in adding teacher, school administrator, and Indigenous perspectives to our work.
To learn more or to express an interest, please contact Marie Tremblay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have also compiled a list of valuable resources to help increase climate literacy, offer a program called Energy Revealed in collaboration with GreenLearning to help students visualize school energy use and take actions to conserve energy, and developed the Energy Transition Game to help students discover what it will take to shift to a lower carbon energy system.