Youth in Ontario are facing a future of increasing uncertainty due to climate change, biodiversity loss and the inequities that these two crises have worsened. EEON’s aim is to ensure that education rises to the challenge. We need education to provide students and their families with the ability to address these crises in order to achieve a more sustainable and just society.
EEON acknowledges that Ontario is the traditional territory of many Indigenous peoples who have cared for these lands and waters since time immemorial. While we recognize that this region is covered by over 40 different treaties, we understand that in many cases these treaties were instruments of colonial dispossession. As educators, we are committed to working toward decolonization, especially in the school system. For those of us who are not indigenous, this requires recognizing the impacts of settler colonialism on Indigenous people. It requires working toward right relations by respecting Indigenous teachings; honouring Indigenous relations with land, water, and all forms of life; and, where appropriate, learning from Indigenous teachers. May we do so with humility, gratitude, and dedication.
Preparing Environmental Educators for the Sustainability Challenge
EEON is seeking funding in order to establish a Small Grants Fund. Our intention is to provide grants of $1000 to $5000 to indigenous and racialized educators for environmental education projects. Sign up to our mailing list to receive notification when the Small Grants Fund is ready to receive applications.
Advocacy & Policy
EEON’s advocacy work is currently focused on several related priorities including: integrating environmental education, climate learning and action into the formal education system, ensuring that teachers are equipped and supported to play their role as environmental educators, and giving prominence to the voices and actions of Indigenous, Black and other racialized groups and individuals across the province.
Links to Research
Here you will find resources and research that inform our work and reflect the importance of environmental education, including climate change education and environmental justice, from a variety of sources.