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dskiszti   dskiszti Daniela Kiszti's TIGblog
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World Environment Day is Coming Up!



Hi Everyone,

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated annually as a means of raising awareness about the environment and mobilizing people to action.  People from across the globe will be joining forces this weekend and during the week, to participate in projects that celebrate our environment and our world ... and Tread Lightly is no exception!  As such, there is a lot of buzz and excitement going around TIG about the international video conference that Tread Lightly will be hosting this Friday, June 3, in commemoration of WED!!!

Bringing together schools from different countries and giving students the opportunity to engage with each other on issues of the environment is what this conference is all about.  To top it off, we have two amazing guest speakers who will be joining in on the discussions and speaking about how they have used their careers as conduits for change.  If you want to get your classroom involved just contact [email protected] and we will give you all of the details!

Our guests for the conference are:

Chris Linder is a renowned photographer and oceanographer.  His concentration has been on science and environmental photography, as he continues to document different research teams as they work to study the effects of climate change on the environment. His work has taken him all over the world, even to more remote places like the Arctic and Antarctic, and his photographs have been featured internationally in books, museums and other exhibits.  His art is poetic and inspiring, and the ultimate goal of his mission is to move people take responsibility for the world around them. Take a look at his pieces and find out a more about him at www.chrislinder.com.

Rob Stewart is the award-winning director of Sharkwater, a film that received worldwide acclaim for its thought-provoking message.  Seeking to quell the unbridled fear many people have about sharks, enhanced of course by other popular films like Jaws, Rob’s film looks to re-introduce these animals in a different light.  As such, Sharkwater tackles the issues of shark exploitation and corruption, and leaves the audience with an understanding of how the shark has gone from predator to prey at the hands of human beings.  You can check out the trailer for the movie and other information at www.sharkwater.com

It's quite exciting I know!!!  And I hope you are all looking forward to doing something special for WED!  If any of you are still looking for something to do to celebrate the day I have a few ideas.

     If you’re looking to keep it kind of simple and easy, you can:

- Ride your bike or walk wherever you need to go, instead of taking the car or public transport.

- Put together information packs about the environment and hand them out at school or in your   local area.  

- Use social media forums like blogging, Twitter or Facebook to spread the word about WED and environmental issues.

     If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, you can:

                - Organize a tree planting party with your school, neighbourhood or community. 

-  Plan a concert, theater production or art exhibition centered on raising awareness of the issues.

- Have a garage sale or a pledge marathon (walk/bike/pet walk/etc) with all the proceeds going to your favourite environmental charity.

     And one last idea:

-  Take the Tread Lightly Challenge!  I definitely encourage you to check it out at http://treadlightly.tigweb.org/challenges/.

If you want more information about WED and want to get more detailed information about planning different events, check out the UNEP’s website at http://www.unep.org/wed/about/.  If you're looking for different events that might be taking place in your area check out TIG's events page and calendar at http://www.tigweb.org/resources/events/.

Once you know what you'll be doing, I would love for you to log your event in our database and let others know what you will be doing for the day.  Hey, you never know... your ideas and events just might be what inspire other people to get involved in changing our world!  Post your event on the events page at http://www.tigweb.org/resources/events/

There are a TON of different activities you can organize or participate in!!!  And I would LOVE to hear your ideas!  So please let me know what you have planned for WED!!!

Until next time, remember to Tread Lightly


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May 30, 2011 | 10:25 AM Comments  {num} comments


dskiszti   dskiszti Daniela Kiszti's TIGblog
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Congratulations Imprint Art Contest Winners!!!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Daniela and I am TIG's newest Tread Lightly Program Assistant.  I am excited to be a part of the team and looking forward to helping engage both educators and youth in bringing to light issues surrounding the environment and climate change.  Even better, I'm going to be keeping you all updated about what's going on with Tread Lightly!

So, with that being said, I am happy to report that Tread Lightly and the Staples Foundation for Learning have announced the winners of the 2011 Imprints Art Contest!!!  

The Imprints Art Contest challenged youth from all around the globe to express their views on environmental issues, such as ecological footprints and climate change, through a range of creative artistic means.  Submissions came in all forms, from drawings to sculptures, theater performances to photography!  Each entry was unique in its depiction of the concerns we all share about the problems facing the world around us, and all were welcomed by our panel of eco-artist judges who chose ten winners who best represented the theme of "storytelling."  

Now, without further ado, the winners are... 

  • 1st place: “The Carbon Footprint” by Anjali Chandrashekar (India)
  • 2nd place: “Old Earth” by Thai Soe Thaw from (Canada)
  • 3rd place: “What Are We Doing?” by Teresa di Curzio (Italy)
  • 4th place: “Acceleration” by Olivia Sanchez (Canada)
  • 5th place: “Plastic Bags” by Diana Rayan (Saudi Arabia)
  • 6th place: “Deathly Pollution” by Anniken Williams (United States)
  • 7th place: “Save our Planet – Heal this World” by Henry Yang (Taiwan)
  • 8th place: “World Changing Artwork” by Kiara (Canada)
  • 9th place: “Footprint step 5” by Rhita (Netherlands)
  • 10th place: “Butterfly” by André Varela (Portugal)

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

On a personal note, I just have to say that I think using art to engage people on different issues is pretty cool and innovative, but remember that there are lots of other ways and methods that can also be utilized to make a statement.  

I would love to hear some of your ideas about how you let people know how much you care, and any other ways you can think of to make a positive impact in your community and in your world!!!

Check out all the finalists and entries from the Imprints Art Contest at: http://gg.tigweb.org/tig/imprint/ 

Until next time, remember to Tread Lightly

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May 12, 2011 | 4:20 PM Comments  {num} comments


CMThompson   CMThompson Christine Thompson's TIGblog
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Renewable Energy Coming to Ontario Schools

Hi Everyone,

First off I’d like to introduce myself! My name is Christine, I’m a teacher candidate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the Univsersity of Toronto. I’m going to be working on the Tread Lightly program for the next little while, and posting any interesting green news I find here for you.

So some good news has come to Ontarians lately with regard to green energy: related to the Green Energy act started by the McGunity Government, 126 schools across Ontario are going to fitted renewable energy units to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and support green energy in Ontario for Fall 2011! Exciting news, I know. There are a total of 135 projects being worked on for the 126 schools, meaning some are doubling up and using not only 1 renewable energy source but 2 or 3. The technologies included in these projects are:

  • small-scale wind projects
  • solar photovoltaic
  • solar thermal for heating (air or water)
  • geothermal systems for heating and cooling.

Not only is this good news for our environment, but for our wallets too. In 2009-10, Ontario schools spent nearly $400 million on utility bills! It will be interesting to get the utility bill for the 2011-12 upcoming year after the renewable energy units are installed. And I’m not stopping the good news there either, the schools with solar panels and wind turbines can sell their electricity back to the grid through the Ontario MicroFIT Program, a part of the Ontario Green Energy Act. The MicroFIT Program is one where small business owners, homeowners, farmers and schools can generate revenue based on the amount of clean energy they produce for the grid for at least 20 years.

What about in your areas? Are there any similar initiatives being planned or already implemented?

For more info check out: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/capital.html

and http://microfit.powerauthority.on.ca/

May 10, 2011 | 2:09 PM Comments  {num} comments


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