"Climate Action" Virtual Youth Forum for Ontario

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!

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: In this session we’ll investigate how countries have individually contributed to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the years and how they must now work together to mitigate the damaging effects of climate change. Students will learn what they can do to ensure Canada does our part.

Materials/Prep:

  • Paper 
  • Writing utensils 
  • White board

Instructions:

  • Students will be playing a collective jeopardy game, where points will be scored internally amongst classes.
  • Groups will answer questions on paper in class and educators will be given time to record points for groups who get the answer correct on their whiteboard. This is just for fun!

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> Register for GreenLearning’s Decoding Carbon Challenge and propose your own innovative climate policy for Canada, your community or your school to win up to $1,000 in prizes!

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Workshop Description: Unwrap links between plastics and climate change 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!

Materials/Prep:

  • Paper
  • Pencil

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Follow up resources:

Learn more about OceanWise

Workshop Description: This workshop will explore the relationship between lifestyle choices and climate change. Through short activities and self reflection we will encourage students to think about how aspects of their life may contribute to climate change. We will present realistic alternatives that they can adopt which will help students to mitigate climate change and lessen their overall impact on the environment.

Prep/Materials:

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Learn more about McMaster Climate Hub

Workshop Description: Carbon dioxide. It’s a problem. One that’s really hard to fix, especially for kids who don’t even have a say over the thermostat! What’s a kid to do?! The answer is: FIX STUFF. The best way to prevent carbon emissions is to reduce the amount of stuff being made, and shipped. And what better way to do that than to see ways to fix broken toys, tools and more with a tiny bit of know-how!

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Learn more about Science North

Workshop description: Museums collect objects because they help us understand, appreciate, and navigate the world around us. We present objects from ROM collections that speak to the causes and consequences of climate change. We also examine objects that remind us of human resilience and the solutions available to us. Through these objects, we find reasons for hope in the face of adversity.

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Learn more about The ROM’s new Climate Change Curator!

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

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> Play the Kahoot

 

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.

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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.

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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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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. 
 

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

Teacher Sessions & Resources

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!

Feedback Form

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

Additional Resources

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