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 also 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: Waste Management
An indicator of a healthy ecosystem is its ability to naturally decompose wastes into smaller base components – for example, water, minerals, and nutrients – which are ultimately recycled back into the environment. Compared to other organisms, humans generate a variety of wastes that cannot be processed by natural systems, and as such must be managed through collective human action. Effective waste management systems must engage multiple stakeholders on several fronts and include education, hazard reduction and waste diversion components. Within Ontario we utilize several waste management systems including landfill, compost and recycling programs, incineration, and reduction-diversion strategies.
There are many challenges associated with managing waste including the possible depletion and contamination of valuable resources. Methods such as landfill and incineration may consume and contaminate air, water and soil if improperly implemented. Additionally, the breakdown of disposed waste materials can also generate powerful greenhouse gas emissions. Looking forward, Canada and Ontario must continue to explore sustainable solutions to further prevent and reduce the impacts of waste in its creation and management.
- 2020 Current Issue Learning Objectives – Will be released March 2020
- 2020 Current Issue Study Guide – Will be released March 2020