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Dear Fort Liard Students: We Care

One student came up to me after the presentation and asked, “What skills do you think I should practice?” “Well, that’s up to you. What do you want to practice?” He then replied with his…

A Must-Read Election Day Newsletter

Tuktoyaktuk - which is literally now in the Artic Ocean - should be a living example to Canadians as the frontline community impacted by climate change. And it serves as a reminder of why our vote…

Why We Do This Tour: Hope

Dawson City in the Yukon used to be the largest city in North America. At one point during the Gold Rush, Dawson City housed over 30,000 people: the population of Whitehorse today. The population declined…

Hello From Whitehorse, Yukon!

An update from the first two schools of our final tour. Let's take a look at a community (in Canada's True North!) that's ready to take the lead on climate action. I was extremely nervous. It…

Sustainability Project Consultant

Position: Full-time Pay: $20/hr Start & End Date: Immediately - May 31, 2020 Deadline to Submit Application: 23:59 ET September 18th, 2019 Location: Remote (Preferred AB, GTA) The Position: 3% Project seeks an entrepreneurial, problem-solving consultant to the…

The Challenge: Back My Generation. Now.

How our mentor, Kat challenged her students to think about the impact in their action projects. And her final challenge to us. The next step is impact analysis. Students are expected to weigh the costs…

You and What Army?

“Do you have a community that stands behind what you stand for? And if you do, you’ll have more power. And if you don’t, you won’t.” – Barack Obama The second step of mentorship is…

What is Meaningful Youth Engagement?

How our mentor, Kat taught the adults in the room the importance of taking a step back and allowing our young people to lead. Before we get into the second step of mentorship, let me share another…

All You Need Is Love (and a Plan)

How our mentor, Kat taught students the importance of rooting work in something you love to really make a lasting impact. The first step of mentorship is research. Students begin searching for a project idea and…

From Idea to Impact

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Hi readers, my name is Kat and I’m a mentor for the 3% Project! After the assembly, Steve leads a workshop with a…

The Last Generation

Ever wonder what I do as a UN policy advocate? Read my speech from last year’s UN High-level Political Forum. Thank you very much, Mr. Chair. My name is Steve Lee from Foundation for Environmental…

The Lion that is Hope

“Once we start to act, hope is everywhere.” - Greta Thunberg, 15 year old activist. Lion's Head is halfway between Owen Sound and Tobermory. It's a tourism town for canoeing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, among…

Our Troubled Indigenous Past and Its Legacy

“We want our dignity back,” says an Indigenous educator in Whitedog, Manitoba. I visited the Wabaseemoong Independent Nations (“Whitedog”) in Northern Ontario in early May. Once I arrived at the school, the parking lot was…

A Reflection on the Whys and Hows

“There's no such thing as a morality project, or an ethics project; everything is supposed to be moral and ethical. Same thing with sustainability; everything is supposed to be sustainable.” I want to highlight a…

Boycotting Participation Trophies

Why feel-good, low-impact ‘gold star’ student projects will result in a more cynical, jaded, indifferent generation. In a rural town in Manitoba, I discussed a student-led volleyball tournament fundraiser for the local children's hospital with…

The Canadian Farmer’s Story

"What's the life of a farmer like?" I asked. "How much time have you got?" he replied, taking a deep breath. A conversation with two elderly farmers from a rural town in Saskatchewan. "When you’re…

Why Altruism is (Mostly) Overrated

166 residents live in Lomond, a farming town: one of the smallest towns I’ve visited. So, moment of truth: What were the students like? Well, they were beyond my wildest dreams. The depth of their…

What’s in a Teacher?

igenou First, meet Warren Lake. He’s an environmental science educator at the school. He’s received international awards, given TED talks on pedagogical approaches to nature education, and published articles and studies on environmental education. Mr.…

Ahousat: Resilience, Love, and Hope

igenou Ahousat is an island accessible only by water or air, off the coast of Vancouver Island. It's an island with a predominantly Indigenous Nuu-chah-nulth Nation population of 2,100. After six hours of driving, a…

Going from Project to Impact

Hello, Prince of Wales Secondary! “How do we move away from fossil fuel? How is it fair that climate change disproportionately affects developing states who did the least to cause it? What is the structure…

Sowing Seeds of Sustainability

Hello again, Kumsheen Secondary! What is an action project? At every school, we challenge students to solve their community’s biggest sustainability challenge. We help students analyze and develop solutions to the identified challenge. This is…

A Glimpse Into The Future We Want

Mamma mia, here we go again: Hello, Brookswood Secondary! An Indigenous teacher opened the assembly. I had 70 minutes. Students signed up to be at the assembly. It was exam season for them. They were…

Hello, from Nechako Valley!

After the assembly, I talked with some student leaders. They’ve run a successful e-waste drive and have a water walk coming up for the school’s Water Week. “What is the expected impact of your water…

Hello, from Smithers!

Visiting the town’s local high school, I witnessed tremendous potential for youth action. Over the last six years, teachers and students have started environmental initiatives that are unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else in Canada.…

French Speaker

Position: Contractor; around the clock for 6-weeks or until 40 schools are completed Pay: $15,000 payment Start & End Date: October 29th - December 6th, 2019 Deadline to Submit Application: 23:59 ET July 17th, 2019 Location: Travelling…

Dear Future Canada

A letter to future generations - Steve Lee Dear Future Canada, If you are reading this letter, my generation has succeeded in solving climate change. You see, back in 2017, the human race was on…