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Wildfires and Environmental Literacy

Wildfires and Environmental Literacy

Did you know that on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, the Province of BC has declared a state of emergency due to the many wildfires that are currently spreading throughout the province? With fires returning to our forests this year, we’re once again reminded to acknowledge the importance of environmental literacy. 

Environmental literacy is having the knowledge and skills that enables you to make responsible decisions with regards to our relationships to nature, communities and future generations. With fires and heat waves increasing in frequency, we can’t help but wonder what the future holds for our planet. 

But what if there are things you can do right now to stop climate change? This article by David Suzuki, which we have summarized below, lists the 10 things you can do to fight climate change: https://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/top-10-ways-can-stop-climate-change/ 

1. Call for stronger government action on climate change with your voice and your vote.   

2. Conserve energy wherever you can.

3. Switch to renewable energy.

4. Eat more climate friendly meals including organic, local, and meat free foods.

5. Start conversations with your peers about climate.

6. Green your commute by using more low pollution transportation alternatives.

7. Consume less, waste less, and enjoy life more.

8. Invest in renewables and divest from fossil fuels.

9. Participate in local climate action movements.

10. Get politically active and vote.

In addition, stay up to date with important climate issues by exercising your environmental literacy, digital literacy and overall literacy. We encourage you to check out the rest of our website for more information!