"Climate Action" Virtual Youth Forum for National gr 5-8

Welcome “Climate Action” Youth Forum participants! This page is your home base for all the events, materials & links that are part of this Forum. 

Please reach out to samantha@LSF-LST.ca if you have any questions or feedback! 

Before You Begin:

We need your help! Before you start the Youth Forum with your class, please have each student fill out our short survey. We need this information for our funders. We can’t continue the Youth Forums without it!

Please forward this link to your students and ask them each to complete it ASAP: www.LSF-LST.ca/forms/cc-student-survey

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Get Started!

  • Climate Change 101: This course designed by our partners at Let’s Talk Science will bring your students up to speed on climate change knowledge before starting the Forum workshops!
    > Access the course

The kickoff and climate change 101 course are optional, but recommended!

Student Workshops

Complete any 4 (or more!) of the following workshops with your students to receive your $500 Action Project grant! 

Live Workshops:

All times in Eastern Time.

Remember, all live workshops are recorded so you can catch up if you miss one!

Workshop Description: This interactive session explores misinformation, climate policy and elevating student voices! Students will explore tools to identify and navigate misinformation, learn about how they interact with policy, and finish the session by reflecting on environmental issues they are passionate about and learning how to have their voices heard by decision makers!

Materials/Prep:

  • Students should have scrap paper and a writing utensil for brainstorming/drawing/writing

> Watch the recording (workshop took place on Oct 26)

Learn more about GreenLearning

Workshop Description: Unwrap links between plastics, climate change, and water while we explore solutions, tools and actions we can all take to create a brighter future! How are we connected to these challenges and how can we help? Is plastic good or bad? What is a microplastic? Let’s discuss and share ideas for getting engaged in solutions!

> Watch the recording (workshop took place on Nov 1)

Learn more about Ocean Wise

Workshop Description: Across the country, we are facing increasingly frequent and increasingly severe weather events brought on by climate change. How do we adapt? What can we do to make our houses, our schools and our communities more resilient? All of us have a role to play before, during and after an extreme weather event to reduce their impact and to rebuild better.

Materials/Prep:

> Watch the recording (workshop took place on Nov 8)

Learn more about Parks Canada

Workshop Description: Participants will gain insights into the science behind clean energy technologies and innovative energy storage solutions. Beyond technology, the workshop will emphasize the importance of sustainable living and environmental stewardship and encourages attendees to explore how their everyday choices can contribute to a greener planet through an engaging Action Project.

Materials/Prep: 

> Watch the recording (workshop took place on Nov 15)

Learn more about Let’s Talk Science

Workshop Description: We are the guardian and relationship to lands and waters. Our roles and responsibility to water, trees and leaves. Let’s explore our potential through plants, ecosystems and observation. What are we seeing, what are we not seeing?

Extra Materials: 

> Watch the recording (workshop took place on Nov 20)

Learn more about Lori Snyder here

Workshop Description: So you’ve participated in the workshops and learned about all kinds of climate issues… Now what? Our Action Project Planning workshop will show you what an Action Project looks like and help you consider your interests and skills, your sphere of influence, and the root causes of the issue so you can take on the best Action Project ever!

Materials/Prep:

  • Please print this worksheet (double-sided) – 1 copy per student
  • Internet-enabled devices for Kahoot (play along here)

> Watch the recording  (workshop took place on Dec 7)

Next Steps:

Pre-Recorded Workshops:

Available anytime!

Workshop Description: In this session students will explore how we capture and use the wind to generate electrical energy, how wind energy is being used across the country, and how students can support the transition to renewable energies.

Materials/Prep: 

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Learn more about GreenLearning

Workshop Description: In this session, students will explore a circular economic model in relation to the problem of plastic waste in the environment. Through examination of the Plastic Problem and technological solutions to plastic waste, students will feel empowered to address this complex issue and close the loop on plastic.

Materials/Prep: 

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Learn more about GreenLearning

Workshop Description:

This interactive workshop will explore climate change impacts and solutions through the Climate Atlas of Canada, an engaging online tool for students, researchers, decision-makers, and communities. As an example, we will look at the health impacts of climate change and students will have the opportunity to participate in a “treasure hunt” to find the answers on the site themselves.

Materials/Prep: 

  • Writing utensil & paper
  • Internet-enabled device – 1 per student or shared

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Learn more about the Prairie Climate Centre and the Climate Atlas of Canada

Workshop Description:
Students will learn to code a short program in Scratch that will allow them to create a “Choose your own climate adventure” game. They will code questions and answers, animate, and interactions with the program that will help them better understand how the littlest changes in their actions can have an impact. The learning is accessible to all ages and skill levels. This workshop is broken down into two 30-minute recordings. 
Materials/Prep:  Access this workshop
Learn more about Brilliant Labs
Workshop Description:
This workshop explores food through the lens of technologies used across agriculture, harvest, transportation, access points (ex. grocery stores), and finally to your plate. This workshop also shares information about [1] spotting local produce in grocery stores and other commercial spaces; [2] natural fertilizers through compost, and mulches and their use in community gardens; and [3] hydroponics and how we can use this technology to grow foods without soil, when outdoor garden space is unavailable, and across seasons.
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Learn more about Let’s Talk Science

Workshop Description:

We’ll use CoSpaces to build our own 3D creations, animate them with code, and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality. Learners will practice testing and debugging, and create a virtual space that they can share with family and friends! Projects will also be learner-driven, giving learners the space to leverage VR as a tool for positive change, to tackle an issue that is important to them.
 

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Learn more about Canada Learning Code

Workshop Description:

This workshop provides an overview of the environmental and economic benefits of switching from a gas car to an electric car, including the trends in Canada and around the world. It also gives ideas for how students can get involved in sustainable transportation initiatives!
 

> Access this workshop

 

Learn more about Plug’n Drive

Description:

Through stories of her experiences in the Western Arctic of Canada, Kathleen Matari explores two important knowledge sets, Indigenous knowledge and Western science knowledge, and how the gap between the two must be bridged in order to take action on climate change.
 

> Watch the lecture

More workshops coming soon!

This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada

Teacher Sessions & Resources

  • Meet & Greet/Info Session (took place on Oct 4)
    More info about how the Youth Forum will work and how we can help! Answers questions like: What does the Youth Forum involve? How do I navigate the Hub? How do I get the $500 grant? and more! 
    > Watch the recording (25min)
    > View the slides

Teacher PD Resources from LSF

PD package full of strategies, tools & resources for engaging your students in climate learning

Action Project Grant

Completed all your workshops? Time to request your $500 Action Project grant!

Action Project Grant

Completed all your workshops? Time to request your $500 Action Project grant!

Feedback Form

We encourage students & teachers to offer feedback on each workshop using our form!

Additional Resources