Cool It! Climate Leadership Training is a program that teaches children about climate change and the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (Contributed)

Climate awareness program goes online in Penticton schools

Students will documents themselves doing environmentally conscious activities at home

A popular workshop that teaches kids about climate change and the importance of reducing their carbon footprint is moving online.

Cool It! Climate Leadership Training is an interactive program for elementary and middle-school students.

The workshop was developed in 2007 by the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA). The program uses videos, games, quizzes, and discussion to build students’ knowledge of climate change and awareness of activities they can do at home to reduce their carbon footprint.

First Things First Okanagan, a local climate action group, has worked with local sponsors to bring the program to Okanagan area schools.

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When the province closed schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental educator Ella Braden, collaborated with BCSEA to adapt the workshop and its activities for online learning.

“I am pleased that online student attendance is high, and the students are very enthusiastic. The science teachers are able to moderate the student’s comments and questions, so the sessions go smoothly,” said Braden.

Students will now work at home to complete a climate bingo game that challenges them to carry out different carbon-saving activities.

Eventually the student bingo card results will be sent BCSEA to calculate the estimated, projected greenhouse gas emission reductions the students achieved through their actions.

Teachers interested in the program can contact First Things First Okanagan as can any businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring class workshops.

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