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
(90 minutes to all day)
This workshop has five modules: Creating Climate Heroes, Food Security, Water Rights, Sustainable Resource Use, and Sustainable Transportation. Please see module descriptions below for further details. Choose one or more. Available for K–12.
Creating Climate Heroes (3 hours)
Workshop participants will consider barriers to teaching about the climate change emergency and develop solutions to overcome these barriers. Teachers will also learn strategies to support students in using critical thinking skills to approach climate change through a solutions based approach. (new name for Climate Justice)
Food Security (75–120 minutes)
Participants will explore food security and food sovereignty issues and their social justice impacts, locally and globally through activities that can be applied in their classrooms. 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 (90–120 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. Through an inquiry model, teachers will consider how water resource conservation issues are relevant in the classroom, the community, nationally and globally. The workshop will provide opportunities for teachers to explore water rights teaching resources and to develop a plan to support students in taking concrete actions.
Sustainable Resource Use (90–120 minutes)
This workshop introduces strategies to support students in exploring the social, economic and environmental impacts of exploiting our natural resources. Participants will consider how to successfully bring this topic into their classrooms by using techniques to discuss controversial issues. The workshop introduces a number of teaching resources and explores ways to link them to the revised curriculum.
Sustainable Transportation (45–60 minutes)
Participants will explore strategies to support their students in examining how transportation of goods and people has changed over time, the consequences of these changes, and the intersections between transportation and social justice. The workshop will provide opportunities for teachers to explore sustainable transportation teaching resources and to ways to link them to the revised curriculum.