By Carrie Tai, co-founder of Neighbours for the Planet
Do you have children or grandchildren, nieces/nephews in school? Are they concerned about the Climate Crisis? Encourage their school to sign up for a Virtual Assembly.
The non-profit organization 3% Project has a goal to mobilize one million students (3% of the population of Canada) on climate change. For the past two years, they have been visiting schools Canada-wide to educate students on climate change, climate solutions and empower them to take action on climate! As of September 6, 2019 they have visited 163 communities, presented to 209 schools and mobilized over 300,000 students!
The founder of 3% Project, Steve Lee, is only 25 and yet has accomplished much in his young life. He is a climate change activist and a policy advocate to the United Nations. Steve has spoken at a G8 Summit, NATO, UNEP, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank. Read more about Steve Lee here.
In order to reach as many schools as possible, 3% Project is hosting a free school-wide Virtual Assembly on Wednesday September 18, 2019. Steve will be doing an online live broadcast at the school he is visiting that day and will make it available for viewing all day. As described on the 3% Project website “In the Assembly, we begin with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework for the future we want. Steve Lee, Executive Director of 3% Project, presents two systemic challenges to achieving that kind of future. The first one is the rise of exponential technologies, or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, and the second set of challenges is climate change. We explore both challenges.”
The Virtual Assembly will also include the mentorship component where 3% Project will continue to work with students over 1 or 2 semesters. As per 3% Project “Students identify, analyze, and develop solutions to their community’s Biggest Sustainability Challenge, exercising the muscle for sustainability problem-solving skills to make it a core competency of our generation. Our full-time Sustainability Project Consultants across Canada provide 30 hours of mentorship for every school to empower the students to take climate action in their local communities today. In essence, 3% Project empowers the final generation who can solve climate change. “
The 3% Virtual Assembly is typically geared towards high school students, however 3% Project has also found the program to be successful with students in Grades 6-8 where teachers are highly engaged.
This is an exciting opportunity to encourage schools to not only discuss climate change with their students but also help them take action on solutions in their community.
Please consider talking to your children’s school about this amazing opportunity!
Let’s all do what it takes to save the planet for future generations!
About Neighbours for the Planet
Neighbours for the Planet comprises of a group of concerned neighbours wanting to spark a change. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius made us realize the gravity of the Climate Crisis and that immediate action is required.
- To educate ourselves about sustainable lifestyle practices and incorporate them into our daily lives.
- To promote and encourage these practices within our local community and connect with other like-minded people.
- On a wider scale, with our community, influence our elected officials to adopt policies that address the urgent issue of climate change.
Sign up for weekly emails on Upcoming Events and Climate News at www.neighboursfortheplanet.ca.
For more information about what you can do to take action on the Climate Crisis, email Carrie Tai at [email protected]