Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 (9:00am to 12:30pm)
St-Laurent Academy School (641 Sladen Ave., Ottawa)
Biodiversity affects us all. A global crisis is taking place now. Scientists predict that we may lose half of all species on the planet by the end of this century.
This October 2014, educators from St-Laurent Academy, Notre Dame Catholic School, St. Patrick High School, and Devonshire Public School will partner together to develop a training program to accredit youth to become biodiversity leaders in their communities. This will include conservation projects, outdoor classrooms, organic gardening, promoting locally sourced food, political action (becoming politically literate) etc.
We will begin with an introduction to the diversity of life that can exist in an urban setting as seen through our community-based wetland restoration project led by St-Laurent Academy Elementary and Junior High students. Students have now identified over 1400 species here. A parallel language arts program at Devonshire Public School uses a web of local connections to build a template for environmental stewardship based on partnerships between local farmers, grocery store managers, a local restaurant, politicians, and community associations. Youth participants will walk away with a blue print for building both community-focused science and issues-based literacy programs designed to engage them as true defenders of their biological heritage. A final piece will connect these local elements to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and its international mandate to highlight global environmental activism designed to change the way people think and act.
Contact Mike Leveille at firstname.lastname@example.org