More than half of Ontarians would reduce their environmental footprint for financial or health reasons
Over half of Ontario’s residents (52%) say they’d change their behaviours to reduce their impact on the environment in order to save money or prevent illness. This is just one of the findings from a new survey by Environmental Education Ontario (EEON), a registered charity whose landmark report, Greening the Way Ontario Learns, helped to shape the province’s curriculum.
According to the survey, conducted by Oracle Poll Research in late 2015, financial and health incentives were the most popular motivators for change, while a desire to help the ecosystem as well as others were the next most popular. Other responses addressed their knowledge and their opinions. For example, 72% believe the government needs to do more about Ontario’s environmental problems and 85% believe protecting the environment is important for your health.
This report is the first of its kind for Ontario. “Having a ‘report card’ like this to better understand Ontarians’ knowledge and motivations, can help those who are trying to promote change and increase awareness This is true whether you’re a green business, non-profit or the government”, noted Adam Rennie, Chair.
“Given the province’s recent announcement regarding its climate change plan and the ever-growing discussion about the social determinants of health, knowing where Ontario’s residents stand is important for anyone who wants to effect change.”
KEY REPORT FINDINGS
- When asked to name the environmental issues that they knew of affecting Ontarians, water quality was the most popular (21%) while climate change and air pollution were tied at 16% each. Garbage was at the bottom of the list (4%).
- Financial and health incentives would most influence them to change their behaviours to reduce their environmental footprint. Reducing gridlock (2%) and saving energy (2%) were least likely to influence them.
- 85% of respondents agreed that protecting the environment is important to their health.
- 72% agreed that more government action is needed to solve the province’s environmental problems.
- 20% say that high costs prevent them from doing more to protect the environment
ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ONTARIO
Environmental Education Ontario is a registered charity with the vision of an Ontario where every individual adopts behaviours that reflect a commitment to a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations.
For more information, contact Adam Rennie at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (647) 281-2135.
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While the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is primarily known for the September film festival, they also host the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (April 8 to 24). In its 19th year, it has become one of the most important film festivals in the world for children ages 3 to 13, and will be showing 139 films from 35 different countries.
It also provides specific programming for schools and teachers that coincide with the Ontario curriculum. The Festival School Programme offers a diverse selection of features, documentaries, and short-film programmes that foster creativity, develop media-literacy skills, and encourage critical thinking in areas including diversity, social justice, and equity. We also have programming that touches on Science and Environmental Issues, and English Language and Literacy.
Some films highlights focused on the promotion of environmental awareness:
- Oddball dir. Stuart McDonald, Australia, English (In this heartwarming tale that highlights the importance of conservation and respecting the environment, an Australian chicken farmer, his 10-year-old granddaughter and his mischievous sheepdog, Oddball, set out to protect a colony of fairy penguins from extinction.) Grades 3-5
- Pien, Queen of the Bees (Pien de bijenkoningin), dir. Ellen Vloet, Netherlands, Dutch with English subtitles (Ten-year-old Pien is on a mission: to save bees from extinction. While she tends to her own bees in her backyard by ensuring their hive conditions are optimal for reproduction, she is also fighting another battle; Pien has bone cancer and even though medical treatment has prevented her from taking her bees on a trip to the nectar fields, she is determined not to give up either fight.) Grades 4-6
- Norma’s Story, dir. Alex Hawley, Canada, English (This film tells the true story of Norma, who has experienced dramatic changes in her life over just a few decades due to the impact of climate change on the wildlife that sustains the Gwich’in First Nation and other northern communities.) Ages 10 and up
Teachers are provided with with educational resources for each film, including Ontario Curriculum approved exercises students can do ahead of time and guest experts facilitate post-film discussions with the students.
You can see the school lineup here: http://tiff.net/festivals/tiffkids16/school.
Update: The AGM will be held in room 5-150 at OISE. If you are interested and haven’t RSVP’d, please email email@example.com to confirm your attendance.
EEON’s Annual General Meeting will be held at OISE (Bloor at St. George) on September 15, 2015, from 6-9pm.
New directors and volunteers will be nominated at this meeting, and we will discuss our strategic plan for 2015-18.
All current EEON members, and those interested in becoming members or working with EEON are welcome. If you’re interested in attending, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this free event coming up at OISE:
Wed. July 8, 2015 4.30-6pm
OISE, University of Toronto
Join Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, Professor Emeritus of Unity College, as he discusses a comprehensive strategy for campus sustainability that connects all aspects of campus life. He links sustainability to global environmental change, natural history, place-based learning, educational philosophy and human flourishing. Connecting his experiences to broader concerns, Thomashow connects the campus to the planet, reminding us that local efforts, taken together, can have a global impact.
Registration is free:
EEON is looking for several new team members!
Have a look at these new volunteer postings on Goodworks.ca. If you are passionate about environmental education and have the right experience, we’d love to work with you.
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