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Departure Bay Elementary earns high marks in climate leadership 

A class at Departure Bay Elementary says they have earned the right to brag after they obtained high marks in climate leadership. 

The City of Nanaimo says the program ‘Cool It’ is a climate education program, and contest, for students run by the BC Energy Association which is funded by the city.  

Students participate in a wide variety of interactive workshops to support and build on their knowledge of climate change and how they can adapt their experience to everyday life.  

Mayor Leonard Krog says the city is proud of the accomplishments of the class, especially at such a young age. 

“I wish to thank the students and teachers who participated in the Cool It program to date,” he says. “It was a pleasure meeting such a wonderful group of students committed to improving our environment.” 

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Workshops for the program include calculating their household water consumption, taking their bike or public transit instead of driving, building a “bee bath”, eating leftovers and learning about Nanaimo’s purpose in declaring a climate emergency. 

The program’s second semester wrapped up in December and is currently running its third semester. 

The city says the program was delivered to 30 classes and reached 634 students who completed 4,143 actions focused on climate change and sustainability. 

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