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Tuesday, April 9 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Cool Tools for a Warming World: Innovative tools to engage high school students on climate action

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Climate change has been called the greatest challenge of our time, threatening communities around the world and driving massive transitions in this century. The recent IPCC report – Global Warming of 1.5°C gives us only 12 years to respond aggressively in reducing carbon emissions, if we are to avoid dangerous climate change impacts. Canadian policies at all levels of government (e.g. Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Plan) call for substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (80% by 2050). However, the North American education system is not providing our youth with the substantive solutions-based, learner-led tools they need to engage in and act on climate change (most teachers only spend 1-2 hours a year on the subject).

CALP at UBC has co-designed and tested (with teachers, students & staff at the Vancouver School Board; educational NGO’s; international researchers; municipal/city staff; other educators and general public) several ‘Cool Tools’ that uses innovative social processes and powerful visual and digital media (such as gaming, visualizations, mapping, and hands-on citizen science), that has shown to be very effective in building awareness and stimulating behaviour change among youth.

A DIY toolkit on climate change and urban forestry (Coolkit), a videogame on climate change solutions, and a supplementary Teacher’s Guide are some of the ‘Cool Tools’ that will be presented at this workshop. These 'Cool Tools' bring together a number of enticing educational components:
1. outdoor experiential learning
2. place-based & inquiry-based education
3. student-led learning
4. game development
5. digital & field mapping tools

The tools are tailored to the new BC curriculum & address the 'Big Ideas' & 'Core Competencies' upfront. They have already demonstrated an increase in students’ awareness & understanding of basic climate change, sustainability and urban forestry concepts; and hope to eventually motivate behaviour changes individually and collectively.

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Stephen Sheppard

Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), University of Britsh Columbia
Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching in landscape and climate change planning, community engagement, and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and... Read More →

Tuesday April 9, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am PDT