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Environmental and Sustainability Education
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    May 17
    LSF's David V. J. Bell Memorial Lecture with Katharine Hayhoe
    May 17, 7-8:30 PM EDT
    Learning for a Sustainable Future will be hosting our 4th Annual Dr. David V. J. Bell Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM EDT.LSF is pleased to be hosting Katharine Hayhoe at this year's Dr. David V.J. Bell Memorial Lecture. Katharine is a Climate Scientist who will be discussing her latest book, "Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World."

    You will also have the great pleasure of hearing from:
    · Naila Moloo, 16 year old Climate Innovator - discussing youth perspectives on climate change education
    · Daniel Sylvestre, Land Based Coordinator at Mistawasis Nehiyawak, First Nation School in Treaty 6 Territory, SK - discussing climate change from the perspective of an Indigenous educator
    This lecture is free! Register in advance.
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    April 22
    Earth Day - OISE Update on Sustainability and Climate Action
    April 22, 2022
    On April 22, Dean Normand Labrie shared an Earth Day update about OISE's work in Sustainability and Climate Action. See link for full details.
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    January 31
    Natural Curiosity Webinar: Exploring Race and Equity in Inquiry-Based Outdoor Learning
    Feb. 17, 7-8:30pm ET
    Learn with Natural Curiosity on how to make outdoor learning experiences more equitable and meaningful for learners, for the benefit of environmental and all education, and for the land. We will be joined by Marcia Bumbury (Kindergarten Teacher, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, OISE-University of Toronto) and Mike Kumbhani (Elementary School Teacher, Rickson Ridge Public School, Upper Grand DSB) who will be discussing the importance of incorporating equity and anti-racism into our environmental inquiry practice. Marcia and Mike will share their grade-specific experiences and ways to address barriers that prevent racialized students from accessing nature-based learning opportunities.
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    January 25
    Making the Invisible Visible: Hope & Action Amidst Challenging Times
    Online Webinar 3-Part Speaker Series
    Hosted by the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program at the University of Toronto, this series is free and open to the public. You are welcome to join for all three sessions, or for any individual sessions.
    This series will explore timely questions related to caring for ourselves, our collective human family and the planet. Featuring BIPOC speakers who will share practical approaches to skillfully meet the challenges of our times. They will draw upon their lived experience as Engaged Mindfulness practitioners to investigate how we can name/witness our despair and grief, while simultaneously recognizing, cultivating and celebrating our capacity to heal and transform. These sessions will illuminate what we already have within us to individually and collectively meet challenges such as the climate crisis, systems of oppression, burnout and racial injustice.
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    January 25
    Youth For Climate Justice
    Thursday, February 03, 2022 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Join us for the kickoff event in the Climate + Justice + Cities Speaker series. Youth are leading the discussion on climate justice in our cities and on the world stage. How do young leaders maintain hope while facing the defining challenge of our time? Listen and learn from internationally recognized youth advocates in the fight for climate justice.
    This event is organized in partnership with Fridays For Future Toronto.
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    January 07
    OISE's Podcast series in ESE: Teaching in a Climate Crisis
    Listen now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts
    Teaching in a Climate Crisis is OISE's Podcast series in ESE
    Hosted by voiceEd Radio (, listen to OISE students Yana Lee and Jackson Fowlow as they explore how educators are addressing the climate crisis across Canada by speaking with experts across the country. Available on your favorite listening platforms: Spotify and Apple Podcasts
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    January 07
    (Re)storying Early Childhood Pedagogy on the Land through Two-Eyed Seeing
    Natural Curiosity Webinar - Thurs. Jan. 13, 7-8:30pm EST
    Join us for the first webinar of 2022, (Re)storying Early Childhood Pedagogy on the Land through Two-Eyed Seeing, taking place on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET. We will be joined by Lynn Short (Environmental Stewardship Coordinator and Indigenous Education Specialist, Humber Arboretum) and Louise Zimanyi (Professor of Early Childhood Education, Humber College) co-leading on Two-Eyed Land-Based Play and Co-Learning at Humber College, and the 2019 winners of Natural Curiosity's Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education. Lynn and Louise will discuss how students, educators, children and families co-learn from the land using Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives, grounded in the principles of Etuaptmumk/Two-Eyed Seeing (in the Mi'kmaq language). Learn how inquiry-based learning on the land, deepened by Indigenous perspectives, can support the growth of respectful, reciprocal and responsible relationships with places, plant-life, animals and other-than-human beings for the benefit of all.
    Tickets are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To increase access we have set contributions on a sliding scale: $5 to $50. Natural Curiosity is a 100% donor-funded program - thank you for supporting our program sustainability. All proceeds from our webinar series help fund our facilitators for their time and work, and the creation of more Natural Curiosity professional learning opportunities.
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    January 05
    Jan 13: TDSB Youth Climate Action Guide: Supporting Youth-led Climate Action in Schools
    Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 4:00pm EST
    How can educators make space for and support youth-led climate inquiry and action that is responsive and sensitive to community needs? What meaningful educational approaches will bolster student agency and empowerment so that students feel they don't need to strike from school in order to address climate change? In this webinar, members of the TDSB's EcoSchools team will explore how educators can use the TDSB's new Youth Climate Action Guide to support students in becoming actively involved in taking equitable climate action that will help slow down climate change and contribute towards achieving the TransformTO targets. Register in advance for this webinar.
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    November 15, 2021
    NEW! Natural Curiosity Self-Guided Learning Series
    Natural Curiosity excited to launch a free, self-guided professional learning program featuring a 5-part instructional video series that provides an introductory exploration of Natural Curiosity's four-branch environmental inquiry framework, deepened by Indigenous perspectives, from the voices of its authors and leading practitioners in the field. Learn more and register today:
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    November 09, 2021
    Natural Curiosity Webinar, Transforming Eco-Anxious Stories into Meaningful Action through Inquiry
    Nov. 16, 7-8:30pm ET
    This webinar, "Transforming Eco-Anxious Stories into Meaningful Action through Inquiry" is taking place on Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm ET. We are honoured to welcome guest speakers Rachel Malena-Chan (Creative Director and co-founder of Eco-Anxious Stories and Story Strategist at Dwell House Communications) and Murray Dee (Grade 6 Teacher, Limestone District School Board). This webinar will explore Murray's inquiry story in Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition, and the importance of restoring student agency in the face of eco-anxiety. Rachel will discuss the power of storytelling and ways to activate stories as a courageous and compassionate response to the ecological crises. This timely conversation will inspire educators, and in turn, their students, to embrace our anxiety about the future and build back with care for ourselves and the land in post-COVID times.
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    October 29, 2021
    TODAY: Trash Talks Social Action Pop-up!
    2-4pm Online: Social Action Pop-Up: Trash Talks!? Date: Friday, October 29th, 2021 (online) Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET Register here: Waste Reduction is an environmental justice issue. On Oct. 29th join special guests from Black Environmental Initiative and UofT's Trash Team to discuss climate change, waste and social justice. How do these issues affect you and how can you make a difference in your everyday life? Social Action Pop-Ups are monthly events where students learn how to take action on a social issue through engaging with community workers, educators and activists working on the ground. At this Social Action Pop-up you will
    Hear from other UofT students passionate about environmental justice
    Learn how to get involved in clubs and groups focusing on climate action
    Have the opportunity to commit to change by participating in the Waste Reduction Challenge that runs Oct. 29th - Nov. 12th (#wrchallengeUofT)
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    October 29, 2021
    Fridays For Future Toronto - Global Day for Climate Justice
    Nov. 6 - 1pm
    Join us in Queen's Park at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 6 for a Global Day for Climate Justice!
    With recent extreme weather events and new promises made by the Federal government, we must hold our leaders accountable at COP26. The time for business as usual and empty promises is over. We need real action at COP26!
    Fridays For Future Toronto is officially endorsing the Nov 6 event! Go to for more information!
    * COVID-19 precautions will be in place and attendees are encouraged to bring snacks, a water bottle, and other zero-waste supplies *
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    October 22, 2021
    Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium - Cutting Carbon in Canada (Nov. 8-11)
    Presented by the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto
    The School of the Environment at the University of Toronto is pleased to present this year's Beatrice and Arthur Minden Symposium, themed around Cutting Carbon in Canada. Join us from November 8-11 for a multidisciplinary series of free, online events on science, policy, social justice, and system change, aimed at inspiring action on the challenge of getting to zero carbon emissions. More information and registration is available at
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    October 12, 2021
    Annual ESE Conference - Registration Open!
    Climate Courage: Educators Addressing the Climate Crisis
    Sat. November 6, 2021 9am-12:30pmEST
    Educators have bravely risen to the challenges of the pandemic over the last two years; this same courageous response is needed to address the climate crisis. This year's TDSB/OISE EcoSchools conference encourages K-12 educators to renew their courage and commitment to engaging their students in learning about climate change and sustainability, by bringing in a range of inspiring and diverse voices, innovative approaches and teaching strategies for engaging their schools and communities in climate change education. This free online conference takes place Saturday November 6, 202, and is open to TDSB teachers & staff, members of the OISE community, and others in education. It provides professional learning in Environmental & Sustainability Education to inspire educational practice in creating more just, equitable and sustainable communities. For more information about this conference, and to register, please visit our Eventbrite site.