At St James, we are trying to combat climate change in every way we can. This year, we chose to focus on pollinators and the important work they do in our world. We are designing an awareness campaign for all of the students and planting a native pollinator garden. We are focusing on bees and bee-ing aware of our actions that affect bees. This includes what each student can do, for example, don’t weed your lawn because it’s bee food. Now that we are on our learning journey, we want to make a commitment to look after the bees.
We are an International Baccalaureate inquiry-based school in Port Credit Mississauga. We have made significant progress in becoming a more Eco-friendly school by creating an Eco Team and working on campaigns to bring awareness to environmental issues. This year we have become dedicated to helping bees and other pollinators through our many initiatives.
Last year, our Ecoteam attended an LSF (Living For a Sustainable Future) forum and learned all about pollinators and climate change. For that, we received a $250 grant to create our own pollinator garden this year. We have researched different native plants that are beneficial to bees and other important pollinators.
We are also going to mentor the entire school community by creating a presentation that will be shared to every class in the school. We are going to encourage a stronger connection to nature by designing the garden in such a way that classes can explore and interact with the garden.