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    November 05
    Upcoming Target Climate Event at Willowdale
    Nov. 28, 6L30-8:30pm : Toronto has recently declared a climate emergency and the Class of 8E at Cummer Valley Middle School (CVMS) has realized that communities need to create coordinated community action to address this issue. In light of this, our school will be hosting a community networking event to link community members to resources and expertise on the climate crisis. Target Climate - Willowdale Thursday, November 28, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Cummer Valley Middle School, 70 Maxome Avenue, Willowdale Please register for the free event
    For more information please email: targetclimatewillowdale@gmail.com

    In order to preserve the environment, please come to the event with your own reusable drinking container.
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    October 14
    Take Me Outside Day
    Oct. 23, 2019
    Join teachers and students across Canada to help raise awareness about the importance of regular outdoor time!
    It's time to get outside Canada! We are a nation known for outdoor pursuits and having one of the best backyards in the world, but the reality is we are spending less and less time outside, including younger generations. That's concerning on so many levels, not least because it's taking a toll on our health and well-being.
    Take Me Outside Day is a reminder to do just that. It's an invitation to schools to extend the classroom beyond four walls and a desk and engage with school grounds and natural areas. This year, Take Me Outside Day will take place on October 23rd.
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    October 09
    Planet in Focus Film Festival
    Oct. 15-20, 2019
    Now in our 20th year, Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization with year-round programming. Our mandate is to produce cultural events that showcase engaging and artistic films that question, explore and tell stories about the world in which we live. We use film as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues.
    Our goal is to enlighten, engage and entertain audiences of all backgrounds - through film.
    Please visit https://planetinfocus.org for full schedule, tickets and events!
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    October 08
    NEW! "Urban Environmental Education" online course
    Cornell University, Nov 5 - Dec 10, 2019
    Everybody is welcome to join this course! Urban environmental education includes any learning practices that foster individual and community well-being and environmental quality in cities. You will learn about the urban context, theoretical background, educational settings, participants, and effective educational approaches of urban environmental education. This course provides outstanding course materials, webinars, and networking with peers from around the world. Learn with us!
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    September 30
    Secondary Tree Planting Opportunity
    Youth aged 14-17 can earn volunteer hours!
    Through the Greening TO Grounds program, Girls Can Too and Conservation Youth Corps volunteers can participate in a series of tree and shrub planting projects across Toronto to help support senior communities. Students are eligible to receive volunteer hours for their participation. Events will be held October 6th, 19th, and 27th. For more information or to register visit trca.ca/girlscantoo

    Please contact Stephanie Parish at Stephanie.Parish@trca.ca for any questions or to learn more.
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    September 19
    U of T Urban Agriculture Tour
    Sept. 19, 5:30-7:30pm
    Join Dig In! Campus Agriculture, Sky Garden, and the Trinity College Rooftop Garden for our annual Urban Agriculture Week tour!
    This tour will showcase several community gardens across the University of Toronto St. George Campus. The tour will end with a meal at St. Hilda's, courtesy of the Trinity College Rooftop Garden.
    SPACE IS LIMITED SO PLEASE REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE HERE https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-agriculture-tour-tickets-70553295807
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    September 17
    FridaysforFuture Global Strike for Climate Justice
    Sept. 27th, 2019
    On September 27th, Toronto will see its' biggest strike and march for climate justice. It is hosted by Fridays For Future Toronto, who invites adults to join youth strikers in solidarity, and is backed by the S27 Coalition, a diverse group of activists, union members and individuals just like yourself.
    The S27 Coalition is a self-organizing group headed up by Climate Justice TO and includes individuals representing Parents for Future; Climate Fast; Indigenous Climate Action; Toronto Environment Alliance; Toronto350; XR Toronto; Rising Tide Toronto; People's Climate Movement; Greenpeace; David Suzuki Foundation; The LEAP; Toronto & York Region Labour Council and union members; TTC Riders; $15 and Fairness; Artists for Real Climate Action; and others
    We want the world to no longer be able to keep going, there is no more business as usual because this is a climate crisis.
    Set up for buses and sound system: 10 to 11
    11 - Rally at Queen's Park
    12 - March Down University and then back up on Bay to Queens Park.
    Follow by a concert for climate justice.
    Official demands for the strike can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GAF-G2Fhj0Usn95Z5fQIyk4dfJR4zi8wp04FLyxtFLg/edit?usp=sharing
    We need your help! If you can be a marshal for the day, even with no prior experience, please sign up here:
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    September 16
    One World, One Ocean Science Conference for Youth
    Sat. Sept. 21, 2019
    As part of Science Literacy Week 2019, the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto is pleased to invite students in grades 5 to 8 to a science conference for youth. The One World, One Ocean Conference will feature a keynote speaker from a university professor, two workshop sessions, and a book exhibition/exchange, as well as a pizza lunch. Topics addressed will include marine ecosystems, ocean pollution, and sea floor mapping.
    Event Time: Saturday, September 21st, 2019; 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
    Event Address: University of Toronto - Downtown St. George Campus, Toronto, ON
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Borrell, Seabird conservation ecologist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ocean Conservancy, University of Toronto
    *The event is $25 per student, lunch included.
    *SPOTS ARE LIMITED. Pre-registration is required. Please register and purchase a ticket here: https://mathplus.math.toronto.edu/secure/register
    *For further information, please contact Teresa Gong at outreach@math.toronto.edu.
    Check out this event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/702016096927634/
    Book Display and Exchange:
    Participants are encouraged to bring a book or magazine on a topic related to oceans, environmental science, or science in general that they have read prior to the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to display their book and exchange it at the conference for another book to bring home. This activity is intended to encourage students to read in the area of science and to reuse resources.
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    September 16
    FridaysforFuture Youth Rally and Teach-in
    Friday, September 20th. 12:00pm - 3:00pm.
    Calling all principals, teachers, parents, and students!
    Here is a wonderful opportunity for a field trip early in the year for students in Gr. 6 - 12 who are interested in the environment, leadership, and climate change!
    Together on Friday, September 20th, we will help young people tap into their voice and gain confidence and skills for communicating about climate change.
    Youth, parents, teachers, politicians, and all people concerned for the climate are invited to gather together on Friday, September 20th, a global day of action for the climate, to take part in a giant teach-in. Youth will interact with experienced facilitators to learn how to talk to parents, teachers, and politicians about the climate crisis, how to encourage action and be an advocate for the planet to help steer us toward a safe and sustainable future.
    Activities of the day will empower participants to:
    Always keep an open mind
    Engage in problem-solving/solutions thinking
    Communicate feelings and emotions about climate change
    Communicate ideas and asks for climate action.
    Where: The Lawn in front of Hart House, University of Toronto. Inside Hart House Circle. *This event is outdoors!*
    lease contact brianne.whyte@gmail.com if you would like to attend with a group of students, or if you are unable to join us but wish to view a live stream of the days events and receive a teaching resource to facilitate in-class learning.
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    June 05
    Pollinating Partnerships Event
    Celebrating and Sharing EcoSchools Success Stories
    Space is limited!
    Join us for a Celebration of Environmental Leadership!
    Hear TDSB educators and staff talk about the benefits and challenges of environmental learning in their own classrooms and how they have deepened environmental practices in their school. This year-end Learning Carousel is free and open to all TDSB educators, staff and administrators.
    A light dinner is provided. Please bring your personal reusable dishes.
    Date: June 5th, 2019
    Time: 4:30-6:30pm
    Location: OISE Library, 252 Bloor St.
    Register online on Key to Learn (TDSB) or on Student Services (OISE)
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    May 22
    Learning Garden Planting Day
    Join in a celebration of spring as the OISE Learning Garden launches its 6th growing season! Learn about plant and insect species indigenous to Toronto, and help to cultivate the next generation of plants in the garden. Experience the power of learning gardens firsthand by getting your hands in the soil - all members of the OISE community are welcome.
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    May 15
    EEON Director Posting - Volunteer Positions
    Position: Director
    Type: Non-profit volunteer board position
    Organization: Environmental Education Ontario (EEON)
    About the Organization: Founded in 2000, EEON came into being in order to raise the profile and increase the effectiveness of environmental education in Ontario. Through work with diverse groups across the province, we developed a strategic plan for achieving this goal in various settings: in our schools, communities, businesses, and homes. Our advocacy work has supported advancements in Ontario curriculum and Ministry of Education policy, but we know there's still a lot of work to be done. As a small, nimble, and entirely volunteer charity, we are continuously working on building capacity and increasing our profile. Our Vision: An Ontario where every individual adopts behaviours that reflect a commitment to a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations. Our Mission
    To Apply:
    If you are interested in applying for this position, please e-mail nominations@eeon.org with your resume and cover letter. Application deadline is May 31st, 2019.
    If your application is selected, we will contact you for an interview, and selected candidates will have the opportunity to be voted in as directors at EEON's Annual General Meeting in the early summer (date TBD).
    We encourage applications from individuals who reflect the broad diversity of communities in
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    May 14
    Apply to the Natural Curiosity Educator Awards by May 21st!
    Awards for Teachers/ECEs & Pre-service Teachers/ECEs
    2019 Awards are here: Are you an educator or an educator candidate who is deeply committed to connecting children to the natural world? We are thrilled to announce that Natural Curiosity's Burtynsky and Suzuki Awards for In-service and Pre-service Educators are now open for the 2018/2019 school year. Applications for both awards will be accepted until May 21th, 2019.
    The Burtynsky Award is a national award that honours in-service educators across Canada for teaching excellence in environmental education. All certified Teachers and Early Childhood Educators are encouraged to apply.
    The Grand Prize includes a signed genuine Edward Burtynsky Print, $500 toward environmental education related professional development, and $1000 for their school towards funding environmental education related experiences for their students.
    The Suzuki Fellowship is a provincial award for pre-service Teachers or ECEs for their promising commitment to environmental education. Applicants for this award must be graduating in 2019 (this year) from an accredited Ontario Faculty of Education or Early Childhood Education Program.
    Winners will receive $500 and an opportunity to participate in a week-long Fellowship placement at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School.
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    May 08
    Youth Climate Leadership Opportunity!
    Youth Challenge International's Innovate MY Future program is now offering Canadian youth (16-24) in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area the opportunity to take action on local climate issues and make a real difference in their communities.
    Participants will join a network of 100 youth in the GTHA to create and launch innovative projects to take action on climate change. Through attending Climate Action Labs at Evergreen Brickworks, running a community consultation, and launching climate action projects, participants will emerge from the program with a skillset ready to jumpstart their careers.
    The program is currently in the first phase of recruitment and is looking for their first 50 Climate Action Catalysts who are ready to make a real difference in their communities. Applications are open now and will close in mid-May.
    For more information and to apply, visit: youthclimateaction.ca
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    May 08
    ECOLINKS 2019 - High Park Nature Centre, Toronto
    Thursday May 16, 2019
    There's still time to register for EcoLinks 2019! Get inspired with new ideas and activities for teaching Ontario curriculum through an environmental lens. To help educators stay current and find novel and interesting ways to use environmental education to build upon the curriculum across all grades and subjects, EcoLinks will highlight five emerging themes with workshops that delve into:
    1) Inquiry-based learning
    2) Makerspaces and loose parts play
    3) Exploring food systems through environmental education
    4) Indigenous perspectives & environmental education
    5) Environmental justice
    Conference fees include access to all workshops, refreshments, lunch, and membership to OSEE for one year. Students and retirees qualify for a discounted rate.
    Registration is open at http://home.osee.ca/news-and-events/ecolinks-2019/
    Visit www.osee.ca to learn more about the conference , transit options, and more.
    OSEE (the Ontario Society for Environmental Education) is the subject association for environmental education recognized by the Ministry of Education and the Ontario Teachers Federation. OSEE events are open to all Canadian teachers, environmental educators, outdoor educators, homeschools, and ECE's.
    Take your environmental education skills to the next level!
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    April 09
    The City of Toronto Community Stewardship Program
    The City of Toronto Community Stewardship Program supports a number of sites across the city, including one at Nordheimer. The program begins on April 29th but anyone can join during the season and then attend regularly. The Nordheimer team meets at Roycroft Park at 150 Boulton Drive, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and works together until 8 p.m. They work on a city agreed upon plan to assist the naturalization of the site by clearing invasive plants, doing plantings, and monitoring vegetation. Free workshops with experts are offered. For more info: https://www.toronto.ca/community-people/get-involved/volunteer-with-the-city/community-stewardship-program/
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    April 01
    Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium 2019
    Norval Outdoor School, Georgetown, Ontario, May 3-5
    Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium 2019
    Norval Outdoor School, Georgetown, Ontario, May 3-5
    The Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium (aka OWLS) is an annual event organized to support the development of emerging wilderness trip leaders in Ontario. This low-cost, three-day professional development symposium will offer attendees opportunities for relevant leadership and skills-based training, a chance to network with others employed in this unique field, and explore a variety of potential avenues for future career development.

    Young adults, with experience leading wilderness trips and residing in Ontario, are encouraged to register to participate in this event. Specifically, we are looking for recent University or College graduates or students nearing completion and/or individuals who already have some professional experience leading wilderness trips for a summer camp, school or leadership program, commercial outfitter or other organization. Those interested are encouraged to register quickly, as OWLS has limited enrollment!

    Please spread the word about this event to others you think would benefit from attending. In late April, we will be selecting 40 participants who are eager to learn, develop their wilderness leadership skills, network with experienced professionals working in this field, meet peers from different organizations, and participate in all aspects of the event. Information about OWLS has now been posted on the COEO website, including registration details.

    We look forward to receiving registrations and hope that many will be able to join us at the Norval Outdoor School near Georgetown, Ontario in early May!


    OWLS '19 Organizing Committee

    *Please note that bursaries are available. Although the main objective of this event is to offer a significant learning and networking experience at a highly reduced cost, the OWLS Organizing Committee realizes that even the $75 registration fee may be out of reach for some folks, and so the COEO Board of Directors has set aside funds for five individuals who require financial assistance in order to attend OWLS '19. Bursary details can also be found on the OWLS webpage.
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    March 14
    Environmental Leadership Awards - applications due end of April
    Environmental Leadership Award applications are due by the end of April.
    Check out if you qualify: https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/ese/ESE_Circle_Award.html
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    March 07
    AQ Course in EE at OISE:
    Register Today!
    OISE is offering university certification courses in Environmental Education for elementary & secondary teachers and Early Childhood Educators. These interdisciplinary AQ courses take an inquiry-based, experiential approach to explore what it means to learn about, for, and in the environment using both in-class and on-line learning. Environmental education is central to teaching and learning in the 21st century; climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation are all pressing contemporary societal issues that require an educational response. The part 1 AQ course provides an engaging introduction to teaching and learning in environmental through a combination of lectures, workshops, outdoor and experiential learning, field trips and guest speakers. It offers maximum flexibility for participants' learning needs through a blended course format (in-class and on-line hours).

    Part 1 is being offered at the U of T, OISE campus and taught by instructor Ron Ballentine (Thursdays in class from April 4th - June 20th from 5:15 pm - 9:15 pm and 2 Saturdays - May 4th and June 8th from 8:00am - 1:00 pm; Online learning 44 hours April 4th - June 20th). It will also be offered in July 2019 for those who prefer to take the summer version.

    Register with OISE by March 20th, 2019 for the Spring Part 1 AQ here https://goo.gl/boC8td
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    February 20
    Apply now to be part of the Emerging Issues on Environment Student Panel
    OISE Graduate Student Research Conference March 29-30, 2019
    Dear Graduate Students,
    As part of the 2019 OISE Graduate Student Research Conference (GSRC), OISE GSA sustainability committee in collaboration with the UTGSU Environmental Justice and Sustainability Committee and the Environmental Sustainability Education (ESE), OISE is organizing a panel on "Emerging Issues on Environment." The committee is seeking abstracts from students working on diverse environment-related topics to be on the panel. Selected students will be asked to be on the panel while other approved abstracts will feature at the main conference. We, therefore, request interested students to submit their abstracts to academic.gsa@utoronto.ca and copy to civics@utgsu.ca not later than 20th February 2019. Successful panelists will be informed before February 28, 2019. The conference will take place from Mach 29 to 30th.

    We are looking forward to your abstracts.

    kind regards

    Suleyman Demi
    VP Academic
    OISE Graduate Students Association

    Leonardo Jose
    Civic and Environmental Commissioner
    University of Toronto Graduate Student Union
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    January 09
    The Winners Are…
    Congratulations to the OISE team from Cohort 162, who won the Amazing Stairs Race in November with the fastest time and highest number of correct answers. A second set of congrats goes to Cohort 133 for winning the Golden Sneaker Award, with an average of 254 weekly trips on the stairs. Prizes are coming to these cohorts in January!
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    January 09
    Registration is Open for Mittens in the Snow
    A K-12 Outdoor Education Conference at Simcoe County District School Board
    Mittens in the Snow: Simcoe County District School Board's annual winter outdoor education conference, Mittens in the Snow, is just around the corner! Mittens in the Snow provides educators with the opportunity to explore simple practical ways they can use outdoor learning spaces to help students explore, discover and connect with nature while meeting the expectations of the Ontario curriculum. This year's conference will take place on January 26, 2019, at the Tiffin Centre for Conservation, 8195 8th Line, Utopia, ON L0M 1T0 in from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    There is a series of options for the day. There are either 4- 55 min sessions or 2 - 110 min sessions or, new for this year, a FULL DAY certification session for intermediate and senior level teachers.

    For Intermediate and Senior level teachers - You can participate in the Project WILD and Below Zero facilitation programs offered by the Canadian Wildlife Federation. These programs have 2 manuals full of activities for all levels and subject areas of 7 - 12 curricula. Your facilitator can assist you in how to customize these to your topics of instruction and interest as part of this workshop. This can be a stand-alone learning experience or the first part of the certification process so you can offer these workshops to students for the SHSM and Integrated credit programs offered at high schools. The second part can be offered in consultation with Bonnie Anderson [ banderson@scdsb.on.ca ] at a later date and involve your students if you so wish.
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    January 09
    Kick the Plastic Habit Challenge
    Plastic pollution is one of the pressing environmental issues we can all take action on, and it's easy to switch to reusables. The MT Sustainability Challenge for this term is to see which cohort can demonstrate its active use of reusable coffee cups and reusable water bottles (showing its reduction of disposable plastics). Starting in January, one of our ESE reps will unexpectedly visit your cohort to count how many reusable cups and bottles are in use - make the switch now as there are prizes for the cohort with the most reusables on hand!
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    December 20, 2018
    OSEE Ecolinks Conference - May 16, 2019
    Ontario Society for Environmental Education
    EcoLinks is not your typical conference. Instead of sitting in a darkened room watching a PowerPoint presentation, the day is packed with hands-on, classroom-ready activities for teaching Ontario curriculum through an environmental lens. Not only is the day a lot of fun, you'll return to your school with new activities and skills for teaching environmental education.
    At Ecolinks 2019, learn how to integrate STEAM education into your teaching practice. Get tips and tricks from the pros through hands-on workshops.
    This year we are excited to have five themes for the conference workshops:
    1) Inquiry-based learning
    2) Makerspaces and loose parts play
    3) Exploring food systems through environmental education
    4) Indigenous perspectives & environmental education
    5) Environmental justice
    OSEE is currently accepting workshop proposals for EcoLinks 2019.
    High Park Nature Centre
    375 Colborne Lodge Dr, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
    High Park experiences a high volume of visitors. We highly encourage you to use TTC, GO transit, a bike, or to carpool.
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    December 20, 2018
    EcoSource/York U Educating for Sustainability Certificates
    Advanced Teacher Training Program
    Join Ecosource and York University for one or more of our 2-day learning modules
    Thanks to support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Ecosource and York University are partnering for the ninth year to bring you a newly updated Advanced Teacher Training Program! With new modules developed for 2019, we are excited to provide hands-on learning and professional development to selected educators interested in the latest tools and strategies for environmental education.
    MODULE DATES ($20 fee applies per module)
    MODULE 1: Food Systems and Gardening for the Curriculum (10am - 3pm)
    Sat. Feb. 9th (Ecosource office - 5070 Fairwind Dr., Mississauga)
    Sat. Feb. 23rd (York University)
    MODULE 2: Water, Green Infrastructure and Environmental Campaigns (10am - 3pm)
    Sat. Mar. 2nd (York University)
    Sat. Mar. 23rd (Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives - 9 Wellington St. East, Brampton)
    MODULE 3: Nature Play and Fostering Outdoor Connection (10am - 3pm)
    Sat. Apr. 13th and Sat. Apr. 27th (York University)
    MODULE 4: Land-Based Learning and Truth & Reconciliation (10am - 3pm)
    Sat. May 11th and Sat. May 25th (York University)
    Participation in the modules will give you:
    Two days of hands-on workshops and field trips per learning module
    Ready-to-use tools, resources and lesson plans that you can start using in your classroom right away
    Instruction on writing grants for environmental projects
    Certificate of Recognition issued by York University
    Ideas and points towards EcoSchool Certification
    Spaces are limited, so don't miss the chance to participate in this fantastic opportunity!
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    November 23, 2018
    Looking for OISE students to complete the national survey about Climate Change Education
    Canadian Climate Change Education Survey
    Learning for a Sustainable Future, in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Field and Associate Professor Paul Berger from the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University and Leger Research Intelligence Group, with support from SSHRC, is undertaking a national survey to gain an understanding of current levels of knowledge and perceptions of climate change and to assess the education system role in addressing climate change education.
    This survey is targeting the general public, parents of K-12 students, students ages 12 -18, teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and other interested educators across the country.
    Responses are sought from diverse perspectives; whether you feel strongly or are indifferent about climate change and the role of education, your opinions are important!
    National and Provincial/Territorial results will be shared with Ministries of Education, Teacher Federations, Faculties of Education, and other education stakeholder groups across Canada.
    Info at http://lsf-lst.ca/en/projects/key-themes-in-sustainability-education/canadian-climate-literacy-survey