Are we missing the mark with climate change education? Why shorter showers are just a drop in the bucket

Presented at OAGEE Fall Conference 2018 from November 9th to November 10th, 2018

In 2017 UBC PhD student Seth Wynes and Prof. Kimberly Nicholas at Sweden’s Lund University published the ground-breaking study “The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions”. They found that high school Canadian textbooks looking at climate change spent less than 5% of their focus on the four biggest personal actions that we can take to reduce our carbon emissions: eat a plant-based diet, reduce air travel, give up your car, and choose to have a smaller family. Most of the emphasis in the textbooks was placed on energy efficiency and recycling which pale in comparison. For example, eating a plant-based diet saves about 4 times more greenhouse gas emissions per year than recycling. Avoiding just one transatlantic flight saves 8 times more, and living car-free saves 11 times more. The session will include a presentation about the study, followed by an open discussion and a sharing of experiences. Participants will also walk away with a variety of teacher-ready materials to use in their classrooms.

Scheduled FC04 Fri at 14:30 PM in Room 4
Presenters Mike Farley University of Toronto Schools
Nandita Bajaj University of Toronto Schools
Audience Gr. 7-12
Session Maximum 30
Single or Double Length Single (50 min)
Publishable Emailmfarley@utschools.ca
Presentation Format Workshop

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