Plant­ing a seed for the en­vi­ron­ment

New chil­dren’s pro­gram pro­motes con­ser­va­tion

The Compass - - PORTHTE -

The Lower Trin­ity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion has re­ceived $ 10,000 from the New­found­land and Labrador Green Fund to im­ple­ment a wa­ter con­ser­va­tion, cli­mate change and global warm­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram.

The pro­gram will com­ple­ment the science-based cur­ricu­lum for Grades 2 and 3 stu­dents at se­lected schools in the re­gion.

“Al­most 250 stu­dents from Har­bour Grace, Vic­to­ria and Car­bon­ear will get the op­por­tu­nity to use a green­house as a work­ing lab en­vi­ron­ment for grow­ing a va­ri­ety of plants, demon­strat­ing the plant cy­cle and im­por­tance of clean wa­ter, soil and or­ganic fer­til­izer,” En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Min­is­ter Ross Wise­man stated in a news re­lease.

“ This pro­ject will pro­vide a hands-on learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for the stu­dents as they par­tic­i­pate in con­ser­va­tion and ac­tiv­i­ties based on cli­mate change.”

The pro­gram will cover the themes wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and cli­mate change, and global warm­ing. It will com­ple­ment the school science cur­ricu­lum.

Added Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son, who is also the min­is­ter of child, youth and fam­ily ser­vices: “It is im­por­tant for us to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and teach our chil­dren about cli­mate change and global warm­ing,”

“Ev­ery ac­tion makes a dif­fer­ence and, col­lec­tively, makes a pos­i­tive im­pact on our en­vi­ron­ment. I am very pleased that the Lower Trin­ity South Re­gional De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion is fa­cil­i­tat­ing such a worth­while ini­tia­tive.”

Stu­dents will use a green­house as a work­ing lab en­vi­ron­ment for grow­ing a va­ri­ety of plants, demon­strat­ing both the plant cy­cle and im­por­tance of clean wa­ter, soil and or­ganic fer­til­izer. The ob­jec­tives of the pro­gram are to pro­mote the value of pur­chas­ing lo­cally-grown veg­eta­bles; raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of wa­ter con­ser­va­tion at home and school; teach how wa­ter pol­lu­tion af­fects plants and peo­ple; and un­der­stand the ef­fects of ve­hi­cle emis­sions and pro­mote re­duc­tion meth­ods.

“ This pro­ject is a con­tin­u­a­tion of the hands-on learn­ing model that I have had the plea­sure to wit­ness at the green­house over the last cou­ple of years,” said Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA and Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy.

“ The work be­ing done here con­tin­ues to be ex­cit­ing and worth­while. More and more, we are see­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change on our prov­ince, and our youth are won­der­ful am­bas­sadors for the changes we need to make in our lives.”

Pro­ject co-or­di­nate Jill His­cock said, “ We are ex­ited to part­ner with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Shar­ing Pro­gram, East­ern School District and pro­vide a hands-on learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents.

“ With fi­nan­cial sup­port, stu­dents are able to par­tic­i­pate in en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­per­i­ments in­clud­ing the wa­ter cy­cle, evap­o­ra­tion and con­den­sa­tion, wa­ter pol­lu­tion, plant sys­tems and growth, how liq­uids in­ter­act and the im­por­tance of healthy eco-sys­tems in the en­vi­ron­ment.”

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