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North Hastings HS prepare to talk climate change with Ontario Premier

April 6, 2016—Science and Geography students at North Hastings High School are busy examining climate change—and preparing to talk with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne in mid-May.

These North Hastings students are part of 25 classes in five Ontario regions participating in this exciting, student-led initiative.

Each class begins by examining climate change in their community. Then they meet in a day-long video-conference to share their findings, begin to identify key issues and the actions required by individuals, communities, businesses and the province to address these issues.

Student writers, two from each community, meet for a weekend to write up the students’ action plan. All classes will then present this to the Premier in a virtual town hall and will have the opportunity to talk with her. They will represent the informed voice of over 300 Ontario students!

Students are encouraged to critically examine the climate change issue from all sides and speak with people in their community who have knowledge and information.

Students at North Hastings HS are examining the impacts of climate change on recreational activities in the area, like snowmobiling, ice fishing, camping, and hunting. They are concerned about shrinking seasons, dangerous weather conditions, and changing ecosystems. The class wants to tell the premier that the community will need support to adapt to climate change and the loss of revenue that is generated by these activities. Furthermore, communities like Bancroft should be rewarded for their green practices which reduce greenhouse gases.

Leaf Worsley is the teacher of one of the classes participating in this project. If you have any information that might help her students, please contact her at North Hastings High School, 613.332.1220.

North Hastings High School serves approximately 450 students in Grades 9 – 12. The school offers a wide range of courses that meet the needs of learners in all pathways. Student success is the prime at NHHS. Programs aim to develop skills for collaborating creativity, critical thinking, communication, character and citizenship.

This initiative is a project of GreenLearning Canada

For more information, contact:
Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, extension 2354, kdonnell@hpedsb.on.ca

Last updated: April 6, 2016 at 8:28 am