Imagine your child coming home from school and turning off all the lights that aren’t in use with gusto. That same child is also on your case for not using reusable bags when grocery shopping. And be careful not to leave the tap running or you might just get a lecture! For Nancy Gillis, an award‐winning Toronto teacher with a passion for environmental literacy, this student sounds like a graduate of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. Now in its eight year, this national energy literacy program presented by Canadian Geographic Education and Shell Canada provides K to 12 students across Canada with a fun and engaging competition to help reduce their carbon footprint and become stewards of the environment.
Hundreds of local Ottawa students sat quietly in the Canada Science and Technology Museum until the moment when Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques graced the big screen with a smile and excited chatter broke out across the auditorium. This special live stream helped launch Exploring Earth, a web-based educational program designed to give students and the public a new perspective of Earth. Floating against the backdrop of the International Space Station, Saint-Jacques shared with students his experiences from his first month up in space and answered a series of questions about Earth observation from space.
The Government of Alberta has taken another step toward honouring its commitment to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by providing all Alberta students with educational resources that reflect the perspectives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit. The province has purchased 1,600 copies of Canadian Geographic’s Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, an excellent teaching resource that will provide both teachers and students with the opportunity to learn about the history and cultures of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Canada’s Jill Heinerth is one of the world’s top marine explorers and holds the record for going farther into deep underwater caves than any woman in history. Heinerth, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s Explorer-in-Residence, will be visiting St. Martin School and a number of schools in the area to share what it takes to become a modern-day explorer. Heinerth’s curiosity, technical prowess, and fearlessness have taken her inside Antarctic icebergs, and led her to venture into underwater caves and shipwrecks the world over.