The Unite to Change conference offers both students and teachers a unique opportunity of discussing topics around the theme of sustainability. Not only has my world view been challenged, but I have walked away with a renewed inspiration that the small things that I do really can make a difference!
Some highlights for me included the morning tai chi movements, a key note speaker and the scavenger hunt to the Forks market. As we discuss issues around consumerism that are connected to sustainability, we are learning that healthy habits are becoming more important. Chuck Hopkins (of York University and UNESCO) led the students in an activity where they represented certain percentages of people from around the world that had certain amenities. Perhaps the most shocking figure for me was that only 1 student out of the 65 had access to internet (within their homes), went on to post-secondary education and came from families with two cars. The scavenger hunt to the Forks Market with groups of students and teachers from different schools was both practical and exciting. We learned that the Forks is now a geothermal building, that they support different cultural groups and that companies like Tall Grass Prairie are buying from local farmers to support our economy and sustainable lifestyles.
This conference has not only inspired me to look at my own habits, but has prompted me to share my learning with many others. I hope that we will begin to look practically and seriously at issues like sustainability, so that the vision of “enough for all forever” can become more of a reality.Miss Krahn…James Nisbett