NO TIME LIKE NOW: Life Skills for Global Sustainability

Consumer and Food System choices are particularly relevant in this critical decade of Climate Emergency! In this informative and interactive workshop, participants will explore how SLC: Student Leadership for Change inquiry-based learning resources can help students develop critical thinking and creatively engage in consumer and food systems issues that impact global sustainability and Climate Change. While discussing the ‘classroom flipping’, experiential learning activities and student presentations integrated into the SLC pedagogical approach, workshop participants will share how they are addressing Core Competencies, Big Ideas, and Curricular Content outlined in the new Ministry guidelines.


In the theme of Farm to Table, participants will engage with sample student Action Packs such as: Fresh & Local, Food Security, Food Additives, GMOs, Organics, Story of Meat, Household Toxicants, Plastics, Pre-cycling, Costly Trends, Disposables, All Packaged Up, Organic Waste…as well as Action Packs which help students meaningfully connect to personal values, peers, family members, neighbours, and nature.


Participants will be provided with printed hand-outs and free ‘open access’ to Student Leadership in Change (SLC) on-line resources to help students connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet. At Be the Change we know it can be challenging to teach evolving topics such as sustainability in a way that doesn’t overwhelm students with “scary” issues or repeat information they have already heard—that’s why we focus on supporting and empowering both students and teachers as they connect, understand, and respond to the environmental and social challenges facing our planet.

Target Audience

Secondary School


25 Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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  • Claire O'Manique

    Claire works at Be the Change Earth Alliance as a Program/ Communications Coordinator. Before this role Claire worked as a teaching assistant (T.A), and T.A consultant at the University of Victoria where she applied active learning approaches to teaching on environmental and social justices issues. Claire remembers first learning about climate change in her Grade 9 Geography class and has since been passionate about working for transformative social change and climate justice. This led her to pursue a B.A in environmental governance from the University of Guelph and complete a Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Claire’s research focus on the politics of climate change in Canada  and the degrowth movement, which seeks to build a just economy for all within the biophysical limits of  the planet, is a welcome asset strengthening Be The Change’s ongoing commitment to social change and  socio-ecological educational programming.

  • Meghan Terpenning

    Meghan is currently the Communications/Program Coordinator at Be the Change Earth Alliance. Meghan’s childhood summers at Ruckle Park on Saltspring Island started her love affair with the ocean and led to her studies in marine biology which recently culminated in her Masters of Marine Management at Dalhousie University. Her graduate research focused mainly on stakeholder perceptions of the Nova Scotia aquaculture regulations. With a strong interest in policy and regulations, Meghan won an award from the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie in Marine Policy. Throughout her graduate degree, Meghan worked as a teaching assistant for a variety of environmental and sustainability courses and developed a strong interest in environmental education.