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As forest fires spread and other climate change issues arrive, educators have a key role to play in setting the stage for climate action.

Winnipeg Free Press: Getting climate action on the education agenda

May 7, 2024 — 

Opinion piece by Scott Durling, a teacher in Winnipeg, graduate student at the University of Manitoba, and a member of People for Public Education and Educators for Climate Action (ECA) of Manitoba.

Last school year, a student of mine posed a question that reverberated through my thoughts long after the class had ended: “So, how are you advocating for climate action as an adult?”

It’s the kind of question that I hope many of us are thinking about, but frankly, I think many of us are unsure about how to answer.

As adults who care for the well-being of children and the environment on which we are all dependent, it’s crucial that we are able to respond to this question. One place requiring these kinds of action-oriented answers is our education system.

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