Climate Change Where I Live (CCWIL), brings the global issue of climate change down to the local level, giving students the chance to investigate climate change in their own community and engage with the leaders.
In this innovative, solutions-focused program, students access local data and reports through the COOL 2.0 website and connect with local mentors, who help them explore how climate change impacts can be mitigated and what can be done to help the community adapt. Then students take their findings to corporate and government leaders—the very people responsible for driving solutions.
A dedicated CCWIL-branded space in the COOL 2.0 database.
Inquiries span high school Geography, Science, Environmental Resource Management and World Issues.
There are five CCWIL inquiry modules: My Municipality, Recreation, Extreme Weather, My Watershed and Maple Syrup.
Examples of How Students Made Real Change in Their Communities
A student in Ontario used an inquiry to take real action, researching and developing a climate-change plan for his family’s commercial berry farm.
High school students in Saanich, B.C., were tasked with the challenge, “How can we make Saanich more resilient with regards to climate change?” They presented their research on climate risks and solutions in agriculture, transportation, etc., to a panel that included a local farmer, a city official and BC Ministry of Transportation staff.