Classes dim lights for climate change education

Times Colonist

Published: Friday, April 20, 2012

Teachers and students in schools across the country will turn out the lights and switch on education about climate change today.

More than 100,000 students are registered for the seventh annual Lights Out Canada event, said Kyle Wamer, B.C.’s Lights Out Canada ambassador. Teachers and students will spend the day learning about climate change and how students can make a difference.

The program has given schools lesson plans and participation guides edited by University of Victoria climate change scientist Andrew Weaver and David Noble of 2degreesC.

The goal is to give students ideas about changing everyday habits to lead more sustainable lifestyles. It also encourages schools to be aware of practices that are bad for the environment.

“We want our peers to realize that global warming is not a faroff concept, it is happening now and its effects are being felt today,” the group said in a statement.