Environment and Sustainability Workshops
The BCTF offers a variety of free workshops to teachers that aim to develop skills to address social justice issues within our classrooms and school communities. The following workshops are available for booking through the BCTF.
To request these or other Social Justice workshops for a school-based, local, or regional professional development day or School Union Representative Training (SURT) day, click on the "Book this Workshop" link below the workshop description on the BCTF Social Justice and Global Education Workshops page.
Teaching Green: Integrating Environmental Justice Issues Across the
Curriculum (90 minutes to
has five modules: Creating Climate Heroes, Food Security,
Water Rights, Sustainable Resource Use, and Sustainable
Transportation. Please see module descriptions below for further
details. Choose one or more. Available for K–12.
Climate Heroes (3
participants will consider barriers to teaching about the climate change
emergency and develop solutions to overcome these barriers. Teachers will also
learn strategies to support students in using critical thinking skills to
approach climate change through a solutions based approach. (new name for
will explore food security and food sovereignty issues and their social justice
impacts, locally and globally through activities that can be applied in their
classrooms. They will take an inventory of local food security issues, and then
consider local food security and its cultural intersections. The final step
will be to create an action plan designed to ensure food security for the
Water Rights (90–120 minutes)
Focusing on the
global water crisis through a social justice lens, participants will explore
the connections between water access/water privatization issues, human rights,
and social justice. Through an inquiry model, teachers will consider how water
resource conservation issues are relevant in the classroom, the community,
nationally and globally. The workshop will provide opportunities for teachers
to explore water rights teaching resources and to develop a plan to support
students in taking concrete actions.
Resource Use (90–120
introduces strategies to support students in exploring the social, economic and
environmental impacts of exploiting our natural resources. Participants will
consider how to successfully bring this topic into their classrooms by using
techniques to discuss controversial issues. The workshop introduces a number of
teaching resources and explores ways to link them to the revised curriculum.
will explore strategies to support their students in examining how
transportation of goods and people has changed over time, the consequences of
these changes, and the intersections between transportation and social justice.
The workshop will provide opportunities for teachers to
explore sustainable transportation teaching resources and to ways to link
them to the revised curriculum.