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Oct 18
Students interview Ministers of Environment and Climate Change

​By Students from Boundary Elementary, Division E02 (Teacher Devan Coward)

In May, using Microsoft Teams, our class interviewed Jonathan Wilkinson, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver; as well as George Heyman, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and MLA for Vancouver-Fairview.

We asked the ministers a variety of important questions about climate change and why there seems to be little real action in B.C. and Canada because we wanted to make a positive move as kids for our future. The entire class agreed the interview was informative and inspiring. Our teacher was also very pleased with the respect and professionalism we showed the ministers.

We interviewed several of our classmates to see what their opinions were on the interviews. One student said, “We had some complex questions for the Ministers of Environment, to which they responded in great detail.” Added another, “I was pleasantly surprised to find that [the Government] had some plans for the future.”

Other students were frustrated by the ministers’ evasiveness regarding the more contentious topics – like pipelines and the fossil fuel industry. “I think we as children should have an opinion about climate change and adults should listen to us…it’s our future after all,” said one student who wanted to hear more detailed plans for carbon emission reductions.

The consensus among students was that the ministers were painting an optimistic picture of Canada’s plans to reduce climate emissions, but that more must be done to prevent wide-ranging ecological disasters and runaway climate change.

We furthered our studies by researching solutions from Project Drawdown – economical, scalable, and effective plans to not only reduce emissions but also remove the legacy carbon from the atmosphere, preventing the worst impacts of climate change.

As students, we want to spread awareness and share with others what will happen in the future if we do not take these issues seriously. “We are hoping we can all come together and overcome this existential challenge for our planet and society.” 

For more information, please check out Project Drawdown and contact your local MPs and MLAs to call for real action on climate change.

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Images at the Cheakamus Centre in Paradise Valley, Squamish, B.C.

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