Climate Change Superheroes: École Lord Tweedsmuir Grade 4/5 class
June 27, 2017 – They are officially superheroes! For four weeks, École Lord Tweedsmuir grade 4/5 students turned out lights, ate meatless meals, and contributed to an overall reduction in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Teacher Debbie Ramen’s grade 4/5 students were among 208 students and their families in New Westminster who participated in Cool It! Climate Leadership Training program workshops. They took on the Cool It! Challenge to change their energy consumption – and together reduced greenhouse gas emissions in New Westminster by nearly 140 tonnes.
Ramen’s class won last week for the greatest number of GHG reductions – and will be celebrating year end with a pizza party for their contributions.
Environmental Educators with the Cool it! Climate Leadership Training program this year gave 138 workshops in 12 municipalities across BC – with the City of New Westminster sponsoring eight workshops.
The program develops and empowers young sustainability champions in schools in British Columbia. It is offered through the BC Sustainable Energy Association to school districts free of charge where it is sponsored by the local Municipality or District.
Students take home the four-week Cool It! Challenge that encourages families to make easy but important changes to their energy consumption. Through this activity, students and their families are challenged to initiate life-long behaviour changes in order to reduce their carbon footprint.