We use it once then throw it away, yet it can persist for centuries. Plastic pollution is being tackled all over the world, but ditching straws and cleaning beaches are only part of the solution. How can we shift from “take-make-dispose” to a “circular economy” where we make the most of limited resources? In this workshop, you will learn about the environmental issues surrounding single-use plastics, steps to reduce plastic consumption and how to be an advocate for sustainable consumption. This workshop is presented by volunteers from the David Suzuki Foundation, an environmental organization focused on protecting nature through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis.
Biodiversity: It’s not just for animals
Global biodiversity loss is one of the most pressing environmental issues, as it risks destabilizing the Earth system. We need dramatic action to protect the plants and animals that provide us with clean water and food, and help stabilize Earth’s climate through carbon sequestration. In this workshop, we discuss the importance of healthy ecosystems and ways to protect them. Through presentations, small-group work and hands-on training, you will learn how to be an advocate for nature and to explore Earth’s biodiversity with new skills and a wide array of resources. This workshop is presented by volunteers from the David Suzuki Foundation, an environmental organization focused on protecting nature through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis.
Better Environmentally Sound Transportation
Living Streets is an environmental education program administered by BEST staff aimed at engaging youth and new Canadians in civic participation.
The program consists of an educational presentation, focusing on the environmental impact of our daily transportation choices, and highlighting issues affecting the safety and sustainability of our communities. Participants are educated and equipped with the skills and information necessary for them to act as community ambassadors through their administration of “street audits.”
The goal of these audits is to identify barriers to walking, cycling and public transportation in communities. They are an effective tool for participants to assess their neighbourhoods, identify issues, and decide how they would like them to improve.
The final component of the program is an open-house event engaging the program’s participants with City staff members. Audit findings are presented and discussed, giving City staff an opportunity to engage with and respond to participants’ concerns.
As a result, Living Streets provides its participants with an opportunity to have positive and productive interactions with municipal planners and subsequently generates useful information for the future development of these neighbourhoods.
Youth 4 Action
Sustainability Action Planning
Have you ever had an issue that you’re passionate about – whether it be waste reduction, raising general awareness about climate change and sustainability in schools, or promoting healthy lifestyles – but found it difficult to turn these ideas into action? This workshop aims to build that bridge, by providing effective tools, tips, and tricks for action planning for events, campaigns and other action projects.
- To provide tools for successful and strategic action planning
- To identify key tips for increasing project longevity and sustainability
- To learn how to create a vision, set goals and create effective communications strategies
Volunteering with Outdoor Children’s Programs
Outdoor play is shown to have a variety of benefits for young children, from helping children to regulate emotions and build social connections to increasing the care they have for their environment later in life. Youth can volunteer with outdoor children’s programs to create lasting impact, (re)connect with nature, have fun and gain skills in a supportive setting. FarmWonders Camp at UBC Farm is just one example of where youth can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity in Vancouver.
This workshop will explore the benefits and responsibilities of volunteers through hands-on activities and group discussions. Students will learn what it takes to volunteer in dynamic outdoor environments, and next steps to prepare for volunteering this summer.
The two facilitators for this workshop are UBC Farm staff Kailee Hirsche, who runs the children’s programs, and Katherine Hastie, who coordinates outreach and volunteer opportunities and works in the production fields.
The Wisdom of Plants
Lori Snyder is an indigenous herbalist and educator with a deep knowledge of medicinal and edible plants that grow in the most common and everyday spaces. Through Lori’s eyes, our immediate surroundings take on a new life and offer a wealth of untapped nutritional resources. In a time when our connection to the land on which we live grows ever more tenuous, Lori offers us an opportunity to reconnect, leads us to tap into the wisdom of ancestral relations who, for thousands of years, were nourished by this land and cared deeply for its fate.
Come and discover the wild, native and medicinal plants that are growing just outside our door. How to identify, when to harvest and how to prepare some life giving plant medicines. samples will be provided along with a 2 page illustrated mind map of the plant kingdom.
Your Food Choices Affect the Planet More than Almost Anything Else You Do
In this workshop, participants will learn about the many effects that their food choices have on the environment, on animals, and even on themselves. Study after study has shown that agriculture – especially animal agriculture – is among the worst polluters of land, water and air in the world. Agriculture is also the biggest driver of deforestation and even extinction in the world – and an enormous contributor to global warming.
It doesn’t have to be any of these things.
We’ll be taking a deep dive into those effects and working out strategies to maximize the positive effects of our food choices on the world around us and to minimize the negative effects. Participants will perform hands on analyses of their own eating habits and make realistic plans for making their food-related effects on the world as benign as they can possibly make them.
Uncovering Food Systems
What was your last meal? How did it get here? At Fresh Roots, we believe that good food is at the heart of good communities, and can be a mobilizing force for systemic change! In this engaging workshop, get ready to unpack some big questions about our favourite foods.
What exactly are food systems? How do they impact us, our local communities, and the wider world? How might we become engaged food citizens and empower our communities to be more sustainable and equitable?
Join us for a hands-on exploration to shed light on the invisible processes that impact our daily meals. We’ll get moving, brainstorming, and reflecting to identify and analyse these systems, our roles in them, and what actions we can take to improve them!
Waste Streams 101
Everyday we’re bombarded with more facts, tidbits and overwhelming statistics about marine debris, ocean plastic and shoreline litter. These issues are all larger than every one of us and it can often be difficult to find where we fall in this web. Shoreline Cleanup will lead a workshop about the individual. We’ll conduct a mini waste audit and look at our place in each of the following waste areas: marine debris, ocean plastic and shoreline litter. Creating positive environmental change is difficult so we’ll take a quick look at what each individual can do to make their impact last. Last, we’ll do a quick crash course in leading your own Shoreline Cleanup and what is done with the data you collect.