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At a few recent meetings of the Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network (EECOM), the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), and the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC), a small group of EECOM members and Canadian educators considered the need for a more organized national focus on environmental and sustainability education.

Through a process involving many practitioners, scholars, and students, and through the good offices of the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May MP, we have produced a petition (e-1301) that can be presented to the House of Commons.

We would like to ask you to help with the distribution of this petition to as wide a range of people as you can, and ask you to encourage as many people as possible to sign it online here. Or by visiting and searching for petition e-1301). We kindly ask that petitions be signed by February 7, 2018. Once the petition closes it will be read to the House of Commons in Parliament Assembled.

We would like to inform the Prime Minister that many Canadians are concerned about the problem of environmental literacy in Canada and would like this matter brought forward in front of a national audience. The national government, while not responsible for education, can take a lead role in bringing together a strategy, working with the provinces, territories, and other partners to help increase the environmental awareness, capacity, and actions of our fellow citizens. Furthermore, our government can play a role by recognizing fresh air, clean drinking water and healthy food as human rights.

We hope that you’ll help distribute this petition and support this important call to action. 

For more information, contact Dr. Nick Stanger

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Nick Stanger
Victoria, BC

Dr. Richard Kool
Victoria, BC

Shannon Dyck, MES
Saskatoon, SK

Patrick Robertson
Vancouver, BC

Nadine Lefort
Sidney, NS

Alan Warner
Wolfville, NS

Bruce Ford
Vancouver, BC

Kathleen Aikens
Saskatoon, SK

© 2017 Nicholas Stanger