Ontario Promotes Climate Change Education
Province Helps Educate its Youngest Citizens about The Environment
Ontario is helping educate its youngest citizens about climate change and the simple actions their families can take to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
The province is investing nearly $1 million over three years to support Earth Rangers, the largest environmental conservation organization in Canada, to:
- Deliver fun, science-based school assembly programming in more locations across Ontario
- Develop and deliver a new Grade 6 classroom presentation on climate change
- Educate children and their families about activities they can do at home and in their community to lower their carbon footprints.
Established in 2001, Earth Rangers teaches children how they can help improve and protect the planet through dynamic school presentations, a children's website and television programming.
Helping Ontarians of all ages learn what they can do to fight climate change is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic and innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- Earth Rangers is the largest environmental conservation organization in Canada, with over 100,000 active members.
- Ontario’s actions to close coal-fired electricity plants, electrify and improve the province’s commuter rail network and protect 1.8 million acres of land have resulted in fewer smog days and cleaner water.
- Ontario will host a Climate Summit of the Americas from July 7-9, 2015, to advance collaborative action on climate change ahead of the Conference of the Parties in Paris in December.
“Fighting climate change requires everyone doing their part, including our children and grandchildren. Earth Rangers helps our young people become enthusiastic environmental ambassadors in their families and communities.”
“We are excited to be partnering with the Ontario government to educate children and their families about climate change, its impact on animals in our natural environment, and what they can do to help mitigate it. Climate change is an issue that our more than 50,000 members in Ontario feel very passionately about. Thanks to the incredible support of the Ontario government, we will be able to better support this passion, allowing Ontario's children and youth to lead conservation efforts and climate change awareness at home.”