Ontario Students Celebrate Earth Day
McGuinty Government Encourages Students to Protect Our Environment
Students across Ontario are celebrating Earth Day and putting the lessons they learn in school into action, including planting trees, bringing litter-less lunches and cleaning their school yards.
By incorporating environmental education into all grades and subjects, Ontario is encouraging students to do more to participate in green activities everyday.
Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky celebrated Earth Day at Dr. David Suzuki Public School in Windsor with the future students of the school. Currently under construction, the new school will be a Canadian leader in using green technologies and environmentally-friendly design, including a wind turbine, solar panels, a green roof and geothermal heating.
Ontario's environmental education initiatives are one part of the government's plan for a greener economy and a cleaner environment. These initiatives include:
§ Developing environmental education resources for teachers and boards
§ Establishing new Specialist High Skills Majors focused on energy and environment
§ Piloting a variety of innovative green products and technologies in over 150 Ontario schools through the Green School Pilot Program
§ Implementing renewable energy projects in over 100 schools
§ Helping expand the Ontario EcoSchools program.
- Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow, released in February 2009, is a policy framework that guides environmental education in Ontario schools.
- Dr. David Suzuki Public School is a new school to include an array of innovative and energy efficient technologies. The school will open in time for the 2010 school year.
“It is important to teach our youth to be aware of how their actions impact the environment and the rest of the world. That's why we are committed to environmental education in our schools.”