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Climate Change Program

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East Toronto from Beare Hill.
Left, on a clear windy day, Toronto air appears
fresh and clean. Right, on a still spring day our
smog problem is readily apparent.


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Clean Air Poster Awards for 2003.

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June 6 2003
Clean Air Contest Posters
On Display at Sir Wilfrid
Laurier Collegiate.
 

What is the Climate Change Program?

Over the last five years, FRW has expanded its watershed focus to include “air shed” issues such as climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, smog, sustainable transportation, energy efficiency, and alternate energy sources. Each year, FRW has involved over 1,200 students in Climate Change presentations and classroom activities.

Climate change presentations for teachers and students in the GTA, York and Durham regions

Funded by Environment Canada’s Eco Action Community Funding Program, Ontario Ministry of the Environment’s Community Go Green Fund and the Trillium Foundation, FRW offers free Climate Change presentations to schools within the York, Durham and GTA regions. Every class between grades four through twelve is presented with a power point presentation created by FRW’s Education Coordinator. Each presentation is created to target the various science curriculum expectations of the Ontario Ministry of Education. Specifically,

Grade The impact of Climate Change on...
4 Habitats and Communities
5 Energy Conservation
6 Biodiversity
7 The Environment (includes heat)
8 Water Systems
9 Eco systems (includes human influence)
10 Eco systems (includes sustainability and human influence)
11 Diversity of Living Things (includes human influence)
12 The Chemistry of the Environment

How to Book Your Presentation

Any school or community group within the Rouge Watershed Area or nearby surrounding areas (including Scarborough, Pickering, Markham, Richmond Hill, and Whitchurch-Stoufville) can book a presentation.

Contact the Environmental Education Coordinator,

Please provide the following information:

    • grade level; 
    • number of students;
    • number of classes;
    • teacher contact info (name, e-mail, and phone number);
    • target dates;
    • time allotment for each class.

Educational field trips to the Beare road landfill for schools in the GTA, York and Durham regions

Students have the opportunity to learn first hand about how methane gas that is captured from this landfill is generated into electricity. Students will also get a chance to see and discuss the impact of nuclear and wind power (nuclear station and windmill in Pickering). Both these power generating facilities will be visible from the top of the Beare Road Landfill.  Students will also be able to view the Oak Ridges Moraine, Lake Ontario, the CN Tower and unique, natural green corridors found on the borders of Scarborough-Pickering. Students will be able to learn about the importance of environmental protection and its connection to water and air quality.

How to Book Your Field Trip

Any school or community group within the Rouge Watershed Area or nearby surrounding areas (including Scarborough, Pickering, Markham, Richmond Hill, and Whitchurch-Stoufville) can book a presentation.

Contact the Environmental Education Coordinator,

Please provide the following information:

    • grade level; 
    • number of students;
    • number of classes;
    • teacher contact info (name, e-mail, and phone number);
    • target dates;
    • time allotment for each class.

Annual Environmental Contests

Students are encouraged to voice their concerns about their local environment and air quality issues. Teachers have the option to use the contest criteria as part of their in class assessment and evaluation. The contests differ in format each year (essay, paintings, photos, sculptures etc). The annual awards ceremony takes place in June during Environment Week at various locations in York, Durham and the GTA. The winners receive great, green prizes donated by local green businesses and environmental organizations.

FRW environmental contests have received media attention from local newspapers, including full-page coverage in the Scarborough Mirror and the Bluffs Monitor.

The contest details will be provided during the month of April. Please visit our website at that time for our next contest.

  • Click here for a story about the 2002 Write the Earth Essay Contest
  • Click here for a story about the 2003 Clean Air Messages Poster Contest
  • Click here for a story about the 2005 Save the Earth Essay Contest
  • Click here for details about the 2009 Contest entitled "Taking Action on Climate Change and Energy Conservation"

How to Involve your School and Community

Does your school have an environmental club? Is your school an Eco School? Are you doing anything to help our air quality? Send us a line and let us know your school’s story. We will include it in our newsletter and we may feature it in our website!!!

Some ideas for Clean Air Campaigns: