"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!

  • Wed, Oct 5 @ 10am – Kickoff Event: Learn more about the Youth Forum and hear from our inspirational keynote speaker Ian, a graduate of TVDSB’s H3-ELP program who took on a climate Action Project last year. Hear from students who have done this all before and learn about their inspiring project.
    > Watch the Kickoff recording
  • 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: In this sessions, students will explore the role that policy plays in climate action, and how misinformation can impact our perspectives on policy. Students will be challenged to think critically about policy, and consider how policies may have unintended consequences.

Materials/Prep:

  • Students should have paper and writing utensils ready for their brainstorming.

> Access the recording (workshop took place on Oct 12)

 

Extra Resources:

Learn more about GreenLearning

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:

  • Pen and paper for students

> Access the recording (workshop took place on Oct 17)

Learn more about Ocean Wise

Workshop Description: Lichen is a surprising organism that can tell us a lot about the environment around us! In this session, we will explore what lichen is, where we can find it, and how we can study lichen as a bioindicator for air quality while we make connections between air pollutants that impact air quality and those that contribute to climate change.

 

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

> Check out the “Living Lichen” Learning Resource activity! 

 

Learn more about TRCA

Workshop Description: Our workshop focuses on how lifestyle choices contribute to climate change. We discuss the relationship between an individual’s diet and their carbon footprint and how waste generation contributes to green house gas emissions. We highlight how small changes in lifestyle choices can reduce an individual’s carbon emissions.

Materials/Prep:

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

Learn more about McMaster Centre for Climate Change

Workshop Description: Climate change impacts occur on a large scale. This workshop highlights the small-scale “nature-based” solutions Parks Canada uses to restore turtle habitat and help turtle populations adapt and become more resilient to their changing landscapes. Using Google Jamboard, students will alter a natural landscape, assess the challenges, then use ‘toolbox’ of solutions to mitigate those threats.

Materials/Prep:

  • The interactivity in this workshop requires the use of Google Jamboard. Teachers (or students) should be familiar with using this easy online collaborative tool to drag/drop photos, draw, erase, and write. For this activity, students can work together as an entire class sharing one Jamboard, or could possibly be split into multiple groups within a class (requiring multiple Jamboards and screens per class).

  • Instructions for Turtle Toolbox Part A
  • Instructions for Turtle Toolbox Part B 
  • The actual Toolbox document (classes will need this to complete Part B)
  • The Youth Forum Google Sheets document with unique Jamboard links for all classes

> Access the recording (workshop took place on Nov 9)

 

Extra Resources:

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

> Access the workshop recording (Workshop took place on Nov 24)

> Play the Kahoot with your class

 

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

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