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.
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.
Envirothon 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.
2018: Climate Change
The science is clear: climate change is happening. It’s happening now, and having a direct, measureable impact on our environment. From shrinking ice caps to rising sea levels, the expansion of invasive species, habitat loss and increasingly volatile weather, climate change will have far reaching effects on natural systems (Environmental Commissioner Ontario, 2016).
Beyond environmental concerns, climate change will also come with a significant financial burden. Insurance claims in Canada from severe-weather events–which averaged $373 million over a decade ago–have more than tripled to $1.2 billion annually (Clean Energy Canada, 2016). By 2050, the costs of managing climate change could range between $21 billion and $43 billion annually if emission levels remain static (Government of Canada, 2016).
While climate change does present significant challenges ahead, it also provides an opportunity for innovation and creative problem solving. Canada has the potential to become a world leader in the fight against climate change thanks to the expansion of the global green economy and increasing public interest.
This module will explore key concepts and questions related to climate change including:
- What impact does climate change have on our environment and our society?
- What actions can we take to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions and increase the resiliency of natural ecosystems?
- What roles do government and citizens have in the fight against climate change?
- How are we innovating to adapt and mitigate