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Environment and Sustainability Workshops

The BCTF offers a variety of free workshops to teachers that aim to develop skills to address social justice issues within our classrooms and school communities. The following workshops are available for booking through the BCTF.

To request these or other Social Justice workshops for a school-based, local, or regional professional development day or School Union Representative Training (SURT) day, click on the "Book this Workshop" link below the workshop description on the BCTF Social Justice and Global Education Workshops page.

Teaching green: Integrating environmental justice issues across the curriculum (new)
This workshop has replaced the Linking Thinking and Thirsty for Change workshops that were previously offered. The Teaching Green workshop has  five modules: Climate Justice, Food Security, Water Rights, Sustainable Resource Use, and Sustainable Transportation. Please see module descriptions below for further details. Choose one or more modules. Available for K–12.

  • Climate Justice (90–120 minutes)
    Participants will solidify their understanding of the climate change emergency and why it is a difficult issue to deal with as educators. They will experience climate change as a social justice issue, and come up with some possible solutions to the climate crisis through critical thinking and inquiry-based learning using metaphor. Teaching strategies with a solutions focus will be presented.
  • Food Security (60–75 minutes)

    Participants will explore food security and food sovereignty issues and their social justice impacts, locally and globally. They will take an inventory of local food security issues, and then consider local food security and its cultural intersections. The final step will be to create an action plan designed to ensure food security for the school community.

  • Water Rights (75–90 minutes)

    Focusing on the global water crisis through a social justice lens, participants will explore the connections between water access/water privatization issues, human rights, and social justice. They will also explore, through inquiry, how water resource conservation issues are relevant in the classroom, the community, nationally and globally.
  • Sustainable Resource Use (75–90 minutes)

    Participants explore the social equity, economic and environmental impacts on our society of exploiting our natural resources, the pros and cons of doing so, and critical thinking and inquiry-based ways to come up with sustainable and regenerative solutions to unsustainability.
  • Sustainable Transportation (45–60 minutes)

    Participants will examine how transportation of goods and people has changed over time, and what the consequences (unintended and otherwise) have been. They will explore the intersections between transportation and social justice, and will experience creative design and critical thinking activities.

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