Students and teachers will gather Monday to show they CARE.
The Climate Action Ripple Effect (CARE) program will officially launch Oct. 3 at Seaton Secondary gym from 9 to 11:30 a.m., when six teachers, more than 200 students and community mentors from all sectors meet to learn about creating CARE projects that support the City of Vernon’s Climate Action Plan.
“Mentors from each of the six topic categories will pitch their HeadStart ideas to students wanting a running start with pre-packaged projects,” says CARE organizer Jo de Vries, founder and CEO of the Fresh Outlook Foundation. “We introduced this approach after seeing some students struggle last semester with selecting a project idea and reaching out to community members for support.”
Climate-action project categories include nature/biodiversity, agriculture/food, energy/buildings, transportation, waste and community resilience.
“We’re looking forward to compelling yet fun presentations from local climate experts and advocates who are building community capacity by sharing their experience and expertise with the next generation of climate supporters,” adds de Vries.
HeadStart projects range from senior students teaching elementary classes about climate anxiety, teams researching endangered aquatic species, mapping pollinator needs in the Vernon area, creating a student-led climate-action social media campaign, building solar-powered devices, repurposing waste, and teaching newcomers about recycling and composting in their native languages.
“I’m thrilled with the growth in this program since last semester,” says School District 22 superintendent Dr. Christine Perkins. “And we’re thrilled that more organizations and community members are stepping up to support the program with funding, expertise, and passion for healthy climate outcomes.”