eCards now offers two more topic resource centres for students: Environmental Citizenship and Wolfe Island: Green Realities. They directly meet curriculum expectations in Grade 10 Civics and have many other applications as well, especially to high school Science, Geography, and Language Arts.
Environmental Citizenship explores the process of becoming an active citizen, from getting informed to navigating the political system to taking action. Students get to know the process through SWITCH—Solar and Wind Initiatives Toward Change—the inspiring student group that made their school the first in the Toronto District School Board to install renewable energy. Complete with videos of SWITCH in action, the unit examines several strategies for creating change and concludes with an Environmental Citizen Action Checklist.
Wolfe Island: Green Realities offers a case study of one green reality: the 2009 installation of a large wind farm on Wolfe Island in Ontario. Students look at the process and politics by which a small island became home to 86 large wind turbines. They see the wide range of positions and actions taken by local residents and beyond. This unit works well alone or as an extension of the eCards Wind Power topic resource centre.
What is eCards? On the popular eCards website, students research a topic such as Environmental Citizenship, demonstrate their knowledge by answering research questions online, and then create an eCard with their own message and artwork. With teacher approval, students send their eCards to family members, local politicians, and other decision-makers. Environmental Citizenship and Wolfe Island join eight other energy-related eCards topics: Climate Change, Wind Power, Solar Energy, Oil and Gas, Nuclear Power, Energy Success Stories, Arctic Glaciers, and Air Quality. To learn more, visit the eCards website.