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Sustainability and Livability in Canada 2067
by Sarah Harries-Taylor - Thursday, 3 August 2017, 11:24 AM


Air pollution, transportation, de-forestation. All of these issues come to mind when thinking about issues that face Canada’s sustainability. Less commonly we think about education, volunteerism and happiness as problems that will affect the sustainability and livability of Canadians in 2067.

Several weeks ago, for their culminating project, Grade 9 girls in Mrs. Schindler’s Geography course were challenged to identify a problem facing Canada, research that problem, and present a solution to make Canada more sustainable and livable in 50 years.

“The project started out broad. This allowed the girls to find a topic that was truly of interest to them – many of whom thought outside of the box.” Mrs. Schindler explains. “After this the girls used integrative thinking and applied their research to present creative solutions to the problem through a specific lens.”

As the girls presented their problem on Macs, poster boards, and with prototypes of their products it became clear that each student took pride in her solution. These solutions included things like compostable tea for fertilization, implementing more green zones to plant trees, and solar panels on top of trucks for a more environmentally-friendly way to transport meat. Though the problems and solutions vastly differed, as each girl explained how she came to her solution one thing did become clear, sustainability and livability in Canada is important to the students at Trafalgar Castle School.

These Grade 9 Geography class students spent weeks researching, identifying parties affected by a problem, exploring possible solutions and ensuring their solution was one that would better the Canada we live in. Congratulations to all of the girls on these amazing final projects!