New educational resource Acting Sustainably, Living Peacefully soon to be available to Canadian teachers

December 08, 2009

Ottawa… The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will soon launch a new resource to support teachers. Acting Sustainably, Living Peacefully develops the link between peace and the environment, two key concepts in citizenship education.

The CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly thus articulates the need for this resource: “Teachers will have an innovative tool to engage students in a discussion on crucial issues for the future of our planet.” Acting Sustainably, Living Peacefully is actually one of the first initiatives that bridges the gap between these two interrelated elements.

The first part of this document proposes guidelines on understanding the link between peace and the environment that will show that the absence of peace is intricately intertwined with detrimental effects on the environment. The environment can also be a source of conflicts and challenge peace and stability.

“Students in our schools are already concerned about environmental issues. Conflicts throughout the world, which are obviously less present in their everyday lives in Canada, also threaten however the future of humanity. Youth need to be aware now of the challenges the next decades will bring and this is what Acting Sustainably, Living Peacefully is all about,” adds Ms. Donnelly.

This document includes activities that explore solutions both at the international and regional levels to achieve harmony and balance between peace and the environment.

Acting Sustainably, Living Peacefully was produced in French thanks to the support of the Ministry of Education of Ontario and to special collaboration with the Éditions du renouveau pédagogique, Inc. (ERPI). It was translated and adapted for English-language schools and will be available at the beginning of next year.

The resource was previewed on December 4 in Fredericton as part of a symposium on the environment organized by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick (AEFNB).

Acting Sustainably, Living Peacefully was originally produced in French thanks to the support of the Ontario Ministry of Education and a special collaboration with Éditions du renouveau pédagogique, Inc. (ERPI). CTF also recognizes the support to the Green Street environmental education program. Acting Sustainably, Living Peacefully was translated and adapted for English-speaking schools and will be available at the beginning of the New Year.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) represents nearly 200,000 Canadian teachers across the country. For nearly 90 years, CTF has advanced the cause of children, defended the rights of teachers and promoted a strong public education system.

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Comments:  Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
Information:  Ronald Boudreau, Director of Services to Francophones, 613-688-4308
Contact:  Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314