Dr. Lynda McCarthy (Great Lakes ecotoxicologist) and Dr. Michal Bardecki (watershed geographer) are engaging students and educators from kindergarten to Grade 12 on the issue of sustainable water practices. They are working with school teachers, the Ontario Ministry of Education, Faculties of Education and other post-secondary experts to deepen the quality of water education in Ontario classrooms.
On April 1st 2015, Lynda and Michal led Ryerson Urban Water’s first Education Experts Workshop, bringing together principals and teachers from grade schools and high schools, personnel from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, professors from select Faculties of Education, and representatives from select NGOs, extracurricular education centres, and conservation authorities. The Workshop aimed to produce a plan to advance environmental education in Ontario schools, with a special emphasis on urban water issues. Ryerson Urban Water members facilitated roundtable discussions to identify obstacles in the way of children in Ontario receiving sound environmental and water education. A summary of the workshop and recommendations on the way forward are contained in this white paper.