RBC Tech for Nature Activation
We’re already seeing the impacts of climate change in our local communities and on a global scale, but did you know that a study published in 2019 found that only limited class time is spent on climate change content? Two in three teachers report they shy away from teaching climate change in their classroom because they don't have access to resources or feel they have the knowledge or skills to teach it.
All teachers should be teaching about climate change but they need support. That’s where our Education team comes in! Our team of Ontario-certified teachers and outdoor education experts have been hard at work to develop a new suite of climate change education programs and services.
Earlier this year, we launched our Downloadable Climate Change Presentation for grade 7 and 8 educators. This Do-It-Yourself style resource is fully linked to the Ontario curriculum, comes equipped with a Teacher’s Guide, and is filled with interactive components to help engage students in learning. The presentation has also been designed from a local perspective to encourage students to learn about, and take action for, the Lake Simcoe watershed where they live. The best part? It’s all free!
So how do you access this climate change resource? Simply visit our Teaching Climate Change page and click “Get Your Free Resources”. From this page, you can also access the recording from our webinar on February 10, where we officially launched our new resource and walked participants through it one step at a time. Our new climate change presentation has already been downloaded 50 times this year and the feedback we’ve received has been fantastic!
"This resource is amazing. I can’t wait to use it. Thank you so much!"
Our Education team also jumped at the chance to showcase our new resource at Virtually Winter, a virtual conference hosted by the Simcoe County District School Board on February 6, 2021. We had 29 educators in our session, all working to build their capacity in teaching about climate change! One teacher provided our staff with this feedback:
“I am so appreciative of her sharing resources and activities that are easy to apply to my classroom.”
We have lots more up our sleeve this year so stay tuned for more information about upcoming climate change education programs and services.
Special thanks to the RBC Foundation whose financial support through the Tech for Nature grant has helped to make this important climate change resource possible!