Formal educators are the primary source of climate change education for Canadian youth, and a source of hope amidst the multiple stressors (e.g. COVID-19, climate crisis) that youth are experiencing. Yet, a significant portion of Canadian educators do not feel prepared to teach the subject. Recognizing this gap, and the need to include the ocean-climate nexus in formal climate education, the Ocean Networks Canada Learning and Community Engagement educator team created a climate lesson and accompanying video to inspire youth to take action. This workshop encourages teachers and students to build on their knowledge and embark on local climate action solutions. A climate action toolkit, designed for students in grades 7-10, will be presented along with lessons learned from a mentoring program. Time will be provided to discuss barriers to participation on local climate action projects.
Monika is a part-time teacher on call in Saanich, as well as K-12 Education Coordinator at Ocean Networks Canada. Known for her dry wit and dedication to teaching and learning, she has taught in a variety of settings and enjoys connecting students to the wider world. When in need of a pick-me-up, she likes calling in sick to places she's never worked and taping “voice activated” signs to new equipment around the office.
Lauren Hudson joined ONC's Learning and Community Engagement department as a K-12 Education Coordinator in the summer of 2019 after spending over a decade in the classroom. She is a teacher with a passion for science education. We have so much to learn about our incredible oceans, and Lauren believes that exploring and connecting with the ocean are foundational experiences that will drive us to take care of our planet. As such, Lauren enjoys kayaking and any other activity that gets her outside, from teaching a class outside to cycling and hiking in her spare time.