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EcoSchools Secondary Kickoffs

Secondary Kickoffs

Better Together: Inspiring hope and climate action in our school communities

graphic of the world being held in two hands

Secondary October 20 (staff and student EcoTeams)

9am to 11:30am

Climate change is both a reality and a crisis. Children and adolescents around the world are aware of it and are desperately calling for action now. The threat of the climate crisis is taking a heavy toll on their mental health.

A large-scale investigation of climate anxiety in children and young adults published in The Lancet (2021) found that:

  • 76% consider the future to be frightening
  • 56% think humanity is doomed
  • 55% believe that the things they value the most will be destroyed
Schools play a critical role in promoting local actions to build students’ resilience and well-being.

The EcoSchools program provides educators and students with tools and tactics to address the climate crisis head on and transform feelings of anxiety into positive environmental actions. EcoTeams provide opportunities to develop student leadership skills, elevate student voice, and build community within the classroom and school.

During this year’s EcoSchools Kick-off sessions you will learn how the TDSB is addressing the climate crisis, and strategies you can take to rebuild your EcoTeam and inspire hope by taking action at your school.
  • October 20th 9:00am – 11:30 am - Secondary staff and student Ecoteams.
Kick-offs are half-day morning virtual sessions and are open to all staff (including daycare, caretaking, and office administrators), parents, Trustees and Superintendents. Release will be provided to two staff members per school upon registration (via myPATH - login required).

2022-23 Kickoff Resources

Enjoy the resources we used in the Kickoffs: