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    Climate Kids

    Play games, make stuff, know your world, and watch videos through this interactive and engaging platform.

    Source: NASA

  • Words of Hope from…

    “Never doubt that a group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

    Margaret Mead

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    Climate Change

    Climate change affects all of us, but it hits poor, under-developed nations hardest.

    SOURCE: CLIMATE.GOV

  • Wise Words...

    "The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Information...

    Canada' Action on Climate Change

    Find out what Canada is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at home and around the world.

Go Green

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Go Green

Waste in Our World

The effects of climate change are taking a serious toll on the world's most vulnerable populations. Farmers in developing countries are having more and more difficulty predicting their growing seasons.

People in developing countries are struggling to produce crops in the face of extreme weather, including droughts and flooding. For many of these communities, growing food is a matter of life or death.

The waste we create goes to landfills and is sometimes shipped to other countries. The things we use and throw away pollute the air, water and land.

  • Explore the Issue

    What’s your Carbon Footprint?

    A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gas produced by a person, an organization or an event.

    There are simple things that everyone can do to reduce their carbon footprint such as taking a bike to school instead of car.

    Learn more about reducing your carbon footprint here


    Efficient Energy Usage

    CFL light bulbs use 75% less electricity than standard light bulbs. LED bulbs are even more efficient, but tend to be much more expensive than the CFL.

    Switching to energy efficient lighting is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. 


    Wind Power

    Wind Power means capturing the energy in wind and converting it into a useful form. Wind turbines are used to convert wind into electricity.

    Windmills have been used for centuries to generate mechanical power, wind pumps are used to pump water and even the sails on ships are using wind power to propel their ship forward. 


    Lower Consumption

    We can all do our part to help combat climate change. Reducing the amount of waste that your household produces is a great start.

    Growing some of your own produce and buying locally grown foods as often as possible can also help to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste from being generated. 


    Nuclear Energy

    Due to growing concerns about climate change, nuclear power is growing in popularity. But when you look at the true cost of nuclear energy it becomes clear that it is not a safe or healthy alternative to fossil fuel.

    Nuclear power produces dangerous radioactive waste for which there is no safe way to store, manage or dispose. This waste will remain dangerous for 250,000 years! Nuclear energy today means a high cost and risk for many future generations. 


    Global ‘Weirding’

    The global climate is not just getting warmer, it’s changing in ways that are difficult to predict.

    This means communities being displaced by mudslides. It means water sources drying up. It means an unstable future for farmers who's family's lives depend on reliable rainfall.

  • Questions about Going Green

    1. What steps is the Canadian government taking to address environmental issues?
    2. How does this compare to the steps taken by other countries around the world?
    3. What are the effects of our energy sources, and which are best for the environment?
    4. What can we do to make our school more eco-friendly?
    5. What can we do at home to be more eco-friendly?
  • Resources for Grades K-6

    Activities

    Schoolground Greening

    Get your school and your community involved in creating outdoor classrooms, and build a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature. Source: Evergreen


    Resources

    Queen of Green Videos

    A great resource to learn about ways to 'green up' your home. Source: David Suzuki Foundation


    Eco Stoves

    Information on the environmental and local-health benefits of eco stoves. Source: Change for Children


     

    How Recyclables are Sorted
    Find out about recycling and take a tour of an automated recycling facility in Calgary. Source: The City of Calgary

     


    What is Habitat Loss and Degredation
    An overview of the causes of habitat degredation, how people are affected by it, and steps on how we can reduce habitat loss. Source: Capitol Regional District, BC

     


    How Development Threatens Wildlife
    Being smart about growth means revitalizing existing cities and suburbs and making efficient use of land. A booklet with photos and examples on how development is causing habitat loss. Source: National Wildlife Federation

     


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  • Resources for Grades 7-12

    Activities

    Schoolground Greening

    Get your school and your community involved in creating outdoor classrooms, and build a healthy space to learn while developing a genuine respect for nature. Source: Evergreen


    Resources

    Voices of Youth

    Voices of Youth is an online global community for young people to learn about development issues (such as Climate and Environment) and an outlet through which to express their opinions. Source: UNICEF


    What Can We Do About Food Waste

    From our farms to grocery stores to dinner tables, 30 percent of the food we grow is never eaten. We can do better. Source: National Geographic


    Queen of Green Videos

    A great resource to learn about ways to 'green up' your home. Source: David Suzuki Foundation


    Eco Stoves

    Information on the environmental and local-health benefits of eco stoves. Source: Change for Children


    How Recyclables are Sorted
    Find out about recycling and take a tour of an automated recycling facility in Calgary. Source: The City of Calgary

     


    Photos of E-Waste Recycling in India
    Where does electronic waste end up? How does the cycle of always needing the fastest and newest electronic gadget or phone affect others? Source: National Geographic

     


    Measuring the Value of Ecosystems
    How economists value the beneficial ways that ecosystems affect people. The benefits of ecosystem conservation, preservation and restoration. Source: Ecosystem Valuation

     


    What is Habitat Loss and Degredation
    An overview of the causes of habitat degredation, how people are affected by it, and steps on how we can reduce habitat loss. Source: Capitol Regional District, BC

     


    How Development Threatens Wildlife
    Being smart about growth means revitalizing existing cities and suburbs and making efficient use of land. A booklet with photos and examples on how development is causing habitat loss. Source: National Wildlife Federation

     


    For More Resources Click Here!

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