I am a Reform to Transform Organizer because…

Spreading awareness about the climate emergency is vital for a prosperous future. Climate change is known as the greatest threat to human health – it jeopardizes our food security, water availability and biodiversity worldwide, yet there is a surprisingly large portion of the population that knows little to nothing on this crisis. In order to achieve the objective of the Paris Agreement – to maintain the increase in global temperature by no greater than 1.5 degrees celsius – human civilization must enact change now to give us the best chance of survival. Our planet is currently on track for a projected 3-5 degrees celsius increase which would leave countless ecosystems and municipalities uninhabitable due to extreme temperature changes and irreversible geographic deterioration. Climate education must be enforced as a fundamental subject throughout elementary and secondary school. The more informed people become, the more likely they are to take action!

- Maiya Gurbin

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My dream for a sustainable future

My dream for a sustainable future is one where the oceans stop warming, animals stop going extinct and humans can live without the fear of catastrophic weather and pollution plaguing our planet. In order to be sustainable, we have to rethink our behaviour and make simple changes, adapt a new mindset of how we interact with things in our lives. I hope that everyone can get on board with change, from the youngest child to the most decorated politician and make solid, defensible plans to reverse climate change through laws, consumerism and most importantly, education.

- Brianna Schiavone

Moment I realized I wasn't learning enough about climate change

I think the moment I realized I wasn't learning enough about climate change was not actually a specific moment but rather a drawn out period of time. Whenever I encountered news stories of climate change, or heard the general facts of "the ice melting" and "the amazon being clear cut", I never considered the full picture of the systemic and deep-rooted issues that were, and are still, taking place. But as I personally became interested and sought out information and resources on my own time, I noticed just how little our schools had been mentioning. Even beyond the specialized environmental program I was in, I would have anticipated that climate change and climate justice, as such pressing issues, would have been integrated into all of my classes, and preparing me for the future, but that was not the case. So CERBC became a way for me to advocate and call for this change!

- Hannah Wicki

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My dream for a sustainable future

My vision for a sustainable future is one where sustainability is so ingrained into society and our lives, that we no longer have to think twice when making a decision or research hours on end for a sustainable alternative. A future where we come together as a collective to innovate and solve the issue of climate change and no longer debate whether if it’s an issue or not.

- Chloe Nguyen

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I want to help spark much needed change in British Columbia’s K-12 school curriculum. As a student in the Windermere Leadership Program for the past 5 years, I have been fortunate enough to learn about climate change and other environmental issues, as well as help take action towards this global issue. However, I have also noticed how climate change is never taught or mentioned in mainstream school; this needs to change. Many students are not fully aware of the full effects this crisis could have on our planet. The lack of climate change knowledge and proper education around this topic can have detrimental effects in the future. I joined this initiative in order to help advocate for much needed change in the curriculum and how the climate emergency is addressed in school systems. Climate change is a very real and frightening global issue that needs to be addressed and taught to younger generations, so that necessary action can be taken. We need people who are well equipped to tackle the climate crisis. I am proud to be a part of an organization and campaign that is working to integrate an intersectional climate change education system in preparation for the oncoming climate crisis.

I am a Reform to Transform Organizer because…

- Allison Wong

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I used to hear the phrase “our children are the future” and while the complete meaning might have gone over my head, I felt fatigued by it. I was given the impression that I was expected to have some grand life after school until learning that a future at all might not appear as I had imagined; that how far we get is only a matter of how time now is spent. We could live up to a life flooded by natural disasters and pollution. There is helplessness that comes to us, as young people, when we feel the need to take on this whole issue, but there’s also frustration for not being left with the knowledge and tools necessary to combat the climate crisis. In the future, I hope to have a place where my children can grow old; that policies take my future and theirs into account. The climate crisis is a health and safety issue so I want plans that treat it as such. I hope that air is breathable and that our actions don’t cause the suffering of wildlife. I hope to see more EV’s on the road and less ashen trees in summer.

Moment I realized I wasn't learning enough about climate change

- Jamie Nelson

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School is failing me because….

We all live off of this beautiful planet, and call it ours. But, when given to opportunity to give back to the planet, we as a species rarely take it. The school system is one of these opportunities. Our schools have the ability to make a real change by teaching youth about problems that will effect them, but they rarely come through for us. It is our school's jobs to educate us about important matters. Climate change is one of the most important matters in the world! But the environment and climate change lessons are either absent or extremely lacking in schools around BC. I believe in us, and I believe in the education system listening to our voices.

- Adeline Parker

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My dream for a sustainable future is one in which we have successfully prevented the climate crisis, halted the loss of biodiversity, and created an equal and just society. In this future, we have reduced our overall levels of consumption and created sustainable alternatives. For example, our energy sources are no longer polluting and damaging to the ecosystem. Instead of disposing of items, we have learned how to reuse and repair. We have cleaned the plastic out of our oceans and recognized the value of biodiversity. Our forests, fresh water, and the natural environment have been protected, and we have planted more trees and created additional green space in our cities. We have achieved environmental justice, where everyone has equal access to nature, clean air and water, a safe food supply and security from environmental threats. In short – my dream for a sustainable future is one where the threat of climate and environmental catastrophes are a relic of the past. However, we need to mobilize more people in order to accomplish all of these goals. We all need to be working together with the same target in mind, and to do this, it is absolutely necessary that we have a comprehensive climate change education. The curriculum must include the effects and risks of climate change, how it is deeply interconnected with social justice, and the urgency to act immediately. Climate change education must empower students to act and therefore another important component is how individuals can make a difference. I believe that this is truly the only way that we will achieve a sustainable future.

My dream for a sustainable future

- Charlotte Jacques

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In my dream for a sustainable future, the climate crisis is a thing of the past, a great battle honoured in history textbooks. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, all materials we depend on - we live life knowing that we are not hurting our planet. I really want to believe that’s possible - but it’s going to need all of us to make it happen; it needs a generation that understands the complexities and urgency of the crisis. I hope, with my fellow organizers, to prevent that same mistake of ignoring change until it’s too late.

My dream for a sustainable future

- Sophia Bi

All Photos Credited to Hannah Wicki 

I am a Reform to Transform Organizer because…

I am a reform to transform organizer because I genuinely feel as if climate change it’s a critical issue that is not discussed enough! I feel that our education system needs to adapt to present situations to support us better defend our planet! Since I was younger, I have always been passionate about taking care of the environment! I have participated in many environmental competitions which allowed me to learn a lot about the issues the world is facing! But by participating in these competitions I realized I wished our schools would educate us more about these issues! This is the major reason I decided to be a transform organizer so the youth can receive accurate information about the climate to defend it! Furthermore, if we do not take care of the planet, now there will be no planet to protect in the future!

- Gurleen Bhandal

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