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Overview: A Focus on Climate Change

The 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change took place in Marrakesh, Morocco between November 7-18, 2016. This is the first meeting since last year's landmark Paris Agreement, in which countries agreed to make efforts to limit global warming to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels. 

Why? Because climate change is already affecting our planet. Significant environmental, economic and social consequences are becoming more and more severe as global temperatures increase. 

Climate change will increasingly affect human health, species distribution and the ability of the earth’s ecosystems to sustain our economic, social and environmental needs.  How we deal with climate change is a crucial discussion that teachers and students should be actively engaged in.

To help teachers tackle this complex, and urgent issue with their students, LSF has developed the following programs and resources:

Climate Change Resources for Teachers:


This compilation connects teachers to a wide range of exemplary materials including teaching units, lesson plants, videos and books for young readers. Linked to curriculum for all provinces and territories, these tools are meant to help teachers and students explore key climate change issues in the classroom.

Hot Topic: COP 22: UN Climate Change Conference on Nov 7-18. 2016

Our Hot Topics Calendar helps explore current calls to action. Our UN Climate Change Conference Hot Topic will help provide background information on the conference, highlight the importance of international cooperation on climate change, and connect you with some excellent resources on the R4R database that can help you support these efforts. 

Climate Change Action Project Funding:

LSF provides EcoLeague Action Project funding of up to $400 to schools to implement an Action Project.  Action Projects must: increase awareness about sustainability issues and responsibilities; directly engage students in actions that address a local sustainability issue; and involve and benefit the school and/or local community. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2016. Please ensure that completed applications are submitted by December 8th, 2016.

Professional Development:

Professional development must equip educators with the tools and resources to embed climate change literacy across the curriculum. LSF offers Professional Development opportunities to prepare educators to engage their students in systems thinking, problem-solving, inquiry-based learning, real world learning, and acting on learning in the community. If you would like an institute tailored to your jurisdiction, or if you would like further information, please contact Elaine at elaine@lsf-lst.ca or call 1 877 250 8202 or 416 327 2032.