To Bee or Not To Bee: a pollinator awareness campaign
Jack Layton Award | Honourable Mention
Our vision for Canada is to raise awareness and promote action for the protection of our native pollinators. In recent years, pollinator population decline due to human activities has become a major crisis, posing devastating effects to biodiversity and the human economy. Our goal at Anderson, as a student-founded and student-led EcoTeam, is to unite our school under the meaningful purpose of environmental advocacy. Our school will continue to be a symbol for pollinator protection through positive action, engagement, and outreach into the community to educate and inspire others about this important cause.
Our 100% student-led campaign on pollinators earned ACVI recognition as the first, and only, high school certified by the environmental organization “Bee City Canada” in the entire country.
A student from our school founded our first EcoTeam in many years, in order to tackle the issue of pollinator decline. The EcoTeam is entirely student-led and coordinated. A littered, unused, and infertile courtyard at our school was cleaned and rehabilitated by students; within months it was transformed into a vibrant pollinator garden complete with 100% pesticide-free native plants from donors and a local nursery, as well as bee boxes created by our grade 9 students.
An awareness week, titled “To Bee or Not To Bee”, was hosted to engage the school community through a variety of social and educational events. These activities included a pollinator-themed spelling bee, butterfly milkweed planting for students to take into their own gardens, a game of JeopardBEE, and a bee-ball tournament. Overall, our initiative raised awareness in the school and gave students an opportunity to think critically about issues in our environment and how we can all take action.