le défi de
Falls Brook Centre
et il contactait chaque
pour lancer un défi
aux étudiant(e)s afin
qu’ils (elles) pensent
à des moyens
"mettre ces idées
"We shouldn’t wreck parks to make mills. Mills make pollution
and parks don’t. Parks are places where you can play and you can’t
play at mills. You can have picnics, play catch with a frisbee and at
mills all you do there is work."
- Matt Patterson, Grade 6
sur, les gens aiment beaucoup mieux la terre parfaite et c’est
pour cela qu’ils vont voir les solutions que je leur propose...Le
temps presse! Agissons maintenant!"
- Jolène la
Vigne-Albert, 7ème annee
STOP GLOBAL WARMING! -Quick Showers! Turn off the
lights when you exit! Bike!
Eat Local Fruit, Save Gas!"
"I am interested in science and
animals. My poster shows that the earth has a problem. It isn’t
healthy. I’ve shown some ways to make it more healthy:
URGENT! WE are
making the Earth’s climate SICK!
ACT NOW Save Energy. Reduce Emissions. Plant Trees. Recycle. Drive Less instead Walk, Bike."
- David T.
Sentner, age 8
"En s’unissant et en s’entraidant, nous pouvons faire
quelque chose contre les changements climatiques... Nous devrions faire
du covoiture, prendre plus souvent le transport en commun, utiliser plus
frequemment sa bicyclette ou la marche."
- Marie-Hélène D’Amours,
"You don’t need to drive to school in a car or a bus, just
walk to school and help our earth!"
Fenety, Grade 4
(from the poster by:
Falls Brook Centre
he first week of March, a pile of thoughts, ideas and solutions
regarding climate change began growing on my desk. The depictions of our
current plight of consumption, waste, and deforestation were at times
grim. Equally plentiful were the ideas of simple actions everyone can do
to both reduce the use of fossil fuels and contribute to the restoration
and rehabilitation of the earth. All in all, this was the most colourful
assemblage of work surrounding climate change I have ever encountered!
The Climate Change Poster Challenge was a huge success.
First place poster: Erin Fenety, Grade 4
In November 1999 Yuka Ota, an intern working at Falls Brook Centre,
began the huge task of contacting every school in New Brunswick to
challenge their students to think of ways to stop climate change through
a province-wide poster contest. The response was incredible! We received
posters from Edmundston, Lakeville, Fredericton, Moncton, Juniper, Napan,
Grand-Sault, Florenceville, St Joseph, and the list goes on. Entries
were in French and English from students in grade 2 to grade 11.
It was very difficult to choose out finalist since each brought forth
their own creative thoughts and solutions for decreasing our impact on
the global climate. Overwhelmingly, students recognized the importance
of reducing the use of private cars by switching to public transit,
bicycles, walking, and other fossil-fuel-free modes of transport.
Students were also keen on planting trees - recognizing that the health
of our forests is connected to the quality of the air we breathe, the
water we drink and the food we eat.
The ideas expressed were not new
but the real challenge that the students of New Brunswick have now is to put these ideas into
"I believe that Climate Change should be taken care of soon. Not
only by the people around us but politicians too. Our world could be a
lot cleaner if we could agree on a plan. If we only dream of thoughts
without any action to build a foundation for those dreams, how will life
be for our children?"
- Jason Parisé, Juniper N.B.
Finalist for the grade 10 to 12 category
- Olivia Cormier, Grade 11
"Sustainability is our Goal. Once our
earth is gone... there is NO second chance."
In the end, five finalists were chosen from
Grade 2 - 5 category:
1st prize: Erin Fenety, Fredericton
2nd prize: David T. Sentner, Carleton Co.
and Cody Marr, Hocken’s Corner
prize: Natasha Moran, Napan
Grade 6 - 9 category:
1st prize: Jolène la Vigne-Albert, Edmundston
2nd prize: Kristin Blackmore, Fredericton
Marie-Hélène D’Amours, Madawaska
Grade 10 to 12 category:
finalist was Olivia Cormier, Dieppe
All first prize winners received a new mountain bike from Kelly’s
Bike Shop and Steve’s Bike Shop in Woodstock. All second prize winners
received a Dynamo and Solar Radio generously donated by Lee Valley
Tools. Third prize winners received $25 gift certificates. Two were
donated by the Body Shop in Fredericton and one was donated from
Mountain Equipment Co-op.
(poster: Jolène la Vigne-Albert)
Following the contest, Falls Brook Centre hosted an Earth Day Celebration at
Officer’s Square in Fredericton. Honoured were the efforts of the
students from across the province who participated in the Climate Change
Braving the cool April drizzle, kids challenged their parents to find their way through the Climate Change Maze
and everyone worked together to build a huge tree orchestra with the heartwood gang chanting:
"I am Heartwood I am Strong", the bark group marching in a wide circle
"1...2...3..DEFENCE", and the leafy people
reached to the sun beyond the clouds saying "Ooo..Ooo the SUN".
However, despite our valiant efforts the sun remained hidden and the poster contest awards
ceremony was bumped ahead to prevent the inevitable shattering of teeth from
the wet cold. This was the best part of the day: kids and their families
had come form all over the province to see their posters honoured and their
faces beamed. Dave Besner, assistant deputy minister of the Environment and
Local Government, presented the grand prize winners and all other finalists
received a native tree seeding from the Acadian Forest Restoration Nursery
at Falls Brook Centre.
The reception held at the Lord Beaverbrook Hotel allowed families from across the province to meet, talk and warm themselves up with tea and
coffee. Erin Fenety, the 1st place winner in the grade 3 to 5 category,
made a speech asking the government to provide recycling services in all
areas in the province and to invest in public transit to reduce the need to
drive cars. Dave Besner agreed to take her message back to the Ministry of
Environment and local government. In addition, over the next few months,
Mr. Besner will be compiling all of the ideas and demands presented in the
posters entered in the climate change poster contest to provide direction
for the Ministry. All in all the atmosphere of this day was hopeful. With
students like Erin guiding the way, maybe we'll have the will and dreams to
make a difference!