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
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Resources

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)

Kits for Our Unhoused

Students will build and decorate kits of necessities for unhoused populations. Creating a space that builds empathy and facilitates discussion about environmental inequality in housing. The kits will be shipped to the closest care center to that school.

Environmental Inequity (People)

Mildred Hall Intergenerational Community Gardens

Mildred Hall students from JK to grade 8 will learn the basics of gardening, healthy eating habits, and environmental stewardship while working together and with members of our community to help prep, plan, and plant our Intergenerational Community Gardens located on our school grounds.

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

Minaajtodaa Nibiish / Celebrating & Honouring Water

The goal of this project is to bring awareness and attention to clean lakes and drinking water. The City of Greater Sudbury and area has municipal drinking water sources including Ramsey Lk, the Vermilion River, the Wahnapitae River and 24 municipal wells. There are also over 330 lakes. We know these waters need protection.

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

Music for Conservation

To create a social media platform that will be called “Music for Conservation” where I will invite scientists and youth to interview via video on their thoughts and research on environmental issues. I will record and upload my own environmental songs and covers to help raise funds for projects.

Environmental Inequity (People)

Naturalized Outdoor Garden and Gathering Space

Students will convert turf fields into a naturalized outdoor gathering and learning space with parkland plants. They will choose a selection of local plants and shrubs to share their significance to local Indigenous people as traditional food sources, medicines, and ceremonies.

Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

Nibi

This project will assist First Nation communities across Canada by helping them access purification and infrastructure solutions to manage the water crisis. Indigenous youth will be encouraged to take ownership of their water through the workshops that facilitated as part of this project.

Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

RU Ready

The RU Ready project works to educate youth on the importance of emergency preparedness by hosting online hour long workshops. These workshops will enhance participants’ leadership skills while also teaching them the necessary information about climate disaster and emergency preparedness.

Environmental Inequity (People)

S’amuna’ Community Garden

The creation of a community garden on the Cowichan Tribe Reserve, to service approximately 30 people in 11 houses. An act of reciprocity, community service, and reconciliation as students come support the creation of a garden to support food sovereignty for the local Indigenous community.

Climate Change (Environment), Environmental Inequity (People)

The Milk Bag Project

Through this project, students will collect milk/plastic bags, reusing them by turning them into sleeping mats, purses, and pillows. They’ll donate the mats and the proceeds from selling the other products to homeless shelters. They want to raise awareness of the impact of overconsumption, homelessness, and their ties to Indigenous issues.