CBEEN - Wild Voices - Loon


All programs are now available for booking at the subsidized rates of:

– $150 (1-1.5 hr in class or outdoor program)

– $250 (half-day field study)

– $350 (full-day field study)

Teachers who are current CBEEN members may access one complimentary program (with up to $250 in bussing cost reimbursement) for their classroom in the school year. Up to 200 complimentary programs are available for the 2021-2022 school year to teachers across the Basin on a first-come, first-serve basis.

We ask that teachers ensure that a program does not violate their school and/or district policies before booking.  It is the responsibility of the teacher to confirm program suitability and communicate needs and questions to the Community Educator.

As with the previous school year, we have a COVID-19 policy in place for the 2021-2022 school year.  Teachers booking programs are expected to read this plan in advance of their program to understand our policies and practices around offering programs this year. 

Questions about the policy may be directed to the Wild Voices Program Manager at wildvoices@cbeen.org



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Promoting Positive Thinking and Meaningful Action During the Climate Crisis

Bookable Type(s) In Class (approx 1 hr) Half Day Field Study
DurationVaries by Booking
LocationIn classroom with projector, screen and cable to laptop, WiFi.
Contact This Presentersacks.laura@gmail.com

This program can be booked as a 1.5 hr or 3 hr program, both of which are delivered in-person in the classroom.

For schools 1.5 hrs travel time from Castlegar, this program is only available if it can be offered to additional classes during the same travel period (i.e., if multiple teachers from the same school/nearby schools book the same program).

About the program
During this 90-minute workshop or 3-hour role-play game, students explore meaningful action to address climate change using grounded conversations and an interactive climate simulator En-ROADS. Students use critical thinking skills and cooperate with their classmates to create a scenario where global warming is kept to 1.5C, in alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement. In the process, they explore co-benefits (what else gets better?), equity considerations, and a better understanding of the complex systems involved in solving the climate crisis.

The resulting experience is hopeful, scientifically-grounded, action-oriented, and eye-opening. Since climate anxiety is prevalent among today’s youth, having the opportunity to discuss solutions and actions during either the En-ROADS workshop or game can help them realize that a positive future is still possible.

The 3-hour game differs from the workshop, in that students take on the roles of various stakeholder groups (for example, conventional energy, clean energy, world leaders, and climate activists) to negotiate a climate safe future using the En-ROADS tool.

Some pre-learning will be provided, along with an optional worksheet to help students follow along. Some changes may occur based on class needs.

About the community educator
After a career as a hydrologist, as well as time as an organic farmer, Laura currently focuses her efforts on climate advocacy and communication. She founded and co-leads the Nelson-West Kootenay chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, is a BC Regional Organizer for the Community Climate Hub initiative, and is a trained Climate Reality Leader and En-ROADS climate ambassador. This work is driven by the scientific urgency of solving the climate crisis and grave concern for the future of her daughters and other living beings on this beautiful planet.

Laura holds a MSc in Environmental Sciences and BSc in Geology, along with certificates in Renewable Energy Technology, Permaculture Design, and numerous courses in sustainability and climate science and policy.

Laura Sacks

Address: Castlegar, BC

Curriculum Links:
Questioning & predicting:demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest; make observations aimed at identifying their own questions about the natural world; formulate multiple hypotheses and predict multiple outcomes
Planning & conducting:collaboratively and individually plan, select, and use appropriate investigation methods to collect reliable data; select and use appropriate equipment to accurately collect and record data

Processing & analyzing data & information:seek and analyze patterns, trends, and connections in data, including describing relationships between variables and identifying inconsistencies; construct, analyze and interpret graphs, models and/or diagrams; use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence; analyze cause-and-effect relationships

Evaluating: evaluate the validity and limitations of a model or analogy in relation to the phenomenon modelled; demonstrate an awareness of assumptions, question information given, and identify bias in their own work and secondary sources; consider the changes in knowledge over time as tools and technologies have developed; critically analyze the validity of information in secondary sources and evaluate the approaches used to solve problems

Applying & innovating:contribute to care for self, others, community, and world through individual or collaborative approaches; contribute to finding solutions to problems at a local and/or global level through inquiry

Communicating:Communicate scientific ideas, claims, information, and perhaps a suggested course of action, for a specific purpose and audience, constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions, & representations; express and reflect on a variety of experiences & perspectives
Tags:Energy, Sustainable Living, Climate Change
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Grade Levels:Independent, High (10-12), Middle (7-9)
School Districts:Independent, SD20, SD19, SD10, SD8, SD6, SD5

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