A project that celebrates diverse cultures, practices and traditions in climate action;

OR addresses/raises awareness about the disparities faced by different communities, identities and cultures in experiencing the effects of climate change.

Examples of past projects applicable to this theme:

  • Cultural Preservation projects such as Indigenous beading workshops, drum making and knowledge sharing
  • Outdoor stewardship projects that highlight diverse practices such as medicine gardens, Indigenous food gardens and nurseries, or African-diaspora gardens
  • Media that amplifies voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour and their experiences with climate change, such as the Our Climate, Our Stories ebook by EnviroMuslims or the Establish podcast by Shake Up the Establishment


Our Resource section includes things like our Climate Change Curriculum Guide and our Biodiversity Guide. These can be helpful tools for any Roots & Shoots project!

Environmental Inequity (People) Projects

Environmental Inequity (People)

GIY: Grow It Yourself

Through this project, students will learn how to grow their own food (fruits/vegetables) indoors as the arctic climates do not allow for much food growth outside.

Environmental Inequity (People)

Growing traditional Chinese medicinal herbs & Coast Salish medicinal herbs in the Orchard Garden food forest

A student-initiated experimental project to grow Chinese traditional medicinal herbs and Coast Salish Indigenous medicinal herbs as part of the understory of the Orchard Garden food forest, in collaboration with UBC faculty and community experts in medicinal herbs in these two local communities.

Environmental Inequity (People)

Hay’sxw’qa si’em Indigenous Plant Garden

The Hay’sxw’qa si’em Indigenous Plant Garden at Lambrick Park Secondary School in Victoria, BC, is a dynamic and engaging project spearheaded by students who self-identify as Indigenous. Their goal is to develop a meaningful, accessible space to share their Indigenous ways of knowing.

Biodiversity Loss (Animals), Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

HWW Medicine/Wellness Garden

The medicine garden will bring all members of Treaty 7 together. Research indicates that land-based learning opportunities and other Indigenous ways of knowing have a significant impact on student’s wellbeing, sense of self and fosters a respectful relationships with the Earth.

Environmental Inequity (People)

Indigenous Welcome and Learning Garden

The goal of this project is to provide the students at Craigflower an Indigenous garden to learn about Indigenous plants and their uses. They also have two Welcome planters that we will have four seasons of plants in them so every season will have an Indigenous plant blooming.

Environmental Inequity (People)

Iroquoien Garden and Pine Peace Tree Planting

In grade 3/4, students studied the First Nations. They are going to visit Le Site Archéologique Droulers/Tsiionhiakwatha in the spring. After watching Dr. Jane Goodall in a Take Me Outside special presentation, the students were inspired and they wanted to make a garden and plant many trees.

Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Kahehta:ke (In The Garden)

With the support from the Jane Goodall Institute, the students at the Skaronhyase’ko:wa Everlasting Tree School will realize the importance of food sovereignty & sustainability through ground cultivation, seed planting, plant growth maintenance and food harvest from the garden they create.

Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Khowhemun Interpretive Indigenous Garden

Students at Khowhemun Elementary will continue to build on the First Nations Plant Garden they started last year. The garden is a special space at the school for all classrooms and community members to participate in Indigenous culture lessons, explore the garden, reflect, share, and learn from the plants. This project was the winner of […]

Environmental Inequity (People)

Kinomaagewgaamgoong – A place of Learning – Medicine Wheel. Medicinal plant and Three Sisters Garden expansion.

Kinomaagewgaamgoong – was a vision of the school community to bring together to celebrate cultural learning in a multi sensory outdoor classroom. Centered around the student constructed medicine wheel the expansion project looks to add a three sisters garden, and expand the medicinal plant garden.