Envirothon is focused on four core topics: Forestry, Soils, Aquatics and Wildlife. Study Guides are available below to help prepare students for their local competitions and the Ontario Envirothon Championship. These guides are great for any classroom and introduce key concepts like carrying capacity, soil profiles, forest management and water quality assessment. These guides, in combination with local workshops, are the basis for the testing component of Envirothon. We are also excited to be introducing webinars this year focused on core Envirothon topics – click here for more info.
Envirothon aslo allows you to explore a current environmental issue each year and relate it to the core Envirothon topics (forestry, soils, wildlife and aquatics). Forests Ontario prepares materials on the Current Issue each year with examples and case studies specific to Ontario and Canada.
What do you need to know for the competition? To discover more about what you need to know for the Envirothon competition, download the Learning Objectives.
Current Issue: Agroecology
The food and agriculture industry has succeeded in supplying large volumes of food to global markets. However in doing so some agriculture techniques have been found to cause degradation of soil and aquatic ecosystems as well as emit high levels of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) and contribute to ongoing biodiversity loss. In response to these important issues, scientists are trying to find a solution which will allow for food production while safe guarding environmental functions through the implementation of sustainable food systems. Some scientists and farmers believe that Agroecology is the solution to this growing issue.
Broadly speaking, agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principles to agriculture. Agroecology as a system optimizes interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while safeguarding the social aspects of a sustainable and fair food system. It is believed that agroecology can deliver food security and ecosystem health, while still promoting economic stability. In saying this, agroecology is location and situation specific – there is not a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, it offers a set of principles to govern food and farming systems – approaches that can be locally-adapted and regionally applied.
With increasing pressure on ecosystems and biodiversity, the demand for sustainable farming practices has never been greater. Through this study guide students will be introduced to agroecology, its key principals and the benefits of agroecology.