Education for Sustainable Development
Resources for Educators
ESD website – www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/esd
The purpose of this site is to assist Manitoba teachers to integrate sustainability
topics/issues/approaches into their classroom activities. ESD involves preparing
students to live sustainably and to establish life-long sustainable development
practices. This site contains:
Information on the Decade of Sustainable Development 2005-2014
Eco-Globe Schools Recognition Program - The Eco-Globe Schools annual
recognition program recognizes that Manitoba schools are involved in a variety of
activities that promote and integrate ESD and acknowledge Manitoba schools that
demonstrate a commitment to ESD. There are website supports at this link to offer a
whole school approach to ESD.www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/esd/eco_globe/index.html
Eco-Globe Schools - Supporting Websites
The sampling of organizations listed in the link below provides teacher materials,
information and opportunities for students to participate in sustainable activities.
Correlation Charts -to identify learning outcomes linked to 2 of the 3 ESD pillars in
kindergarten to grade 10 subjects of Social Studies, Science and Phys Ed/Health /Ed.
The Education for Sustainable Development Newsletter has been developed to further
promote and develop Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) within and
among school divisions in Manitoba. Schools are encouraged to submit articles that
profile their ESD activities.
ESD Posters and Activities for K-4 and 5-12
These grants include the ESD categorical grant with a funding formula of $700.00 per
school and others.
Project Flow-For the Love of Water
Manitoba Hydro provides opportunities for support through the Forest Enhancement
Program and the Environmental Partnership Fund:
Charity Village Resource
Manitoba Eco Network Resource
Winnipeg Foundation: <www.wpgfdn.org
Manitoba Climate Change
ImagineAction- social action projects K-12 www.imagine-action.ca
ImagineAction offers teacher funding ,resources and expert help for school-
community social action projects tied to the ImagineAction themes:
Engage [active and participatory democracy]
Thrive [health and wellness]
Live [environmental sustainability]
This link contains MB Education, national, international and web resources.
a) Sustainable/Responsible Consumption-also see
www.youthXchange.net this site assists educators to understand and
communicate on sustainable lifestyle
b) The Earth Charter- http://www.earthcharterinaction.org/content/
The mission of the Earth Charter Initiative is to promote the transition to sustainable
ways of living and a global society founded on a shared ethical framework that
includes respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, universal
human rights, respect for diversity, economic justice, democracy, and a culture of
c) The Little Earth Charter- www.littleearthcharter.org
The Little Earth Charter was created to help integrate ethical environmental values
into the consciousness of children, our emerging society. It is an audio-visual
educational program now in development at Little Animation, with the
consultation of the Earth Charter Initiative.
d) The Bonn Declaration- This Declaration guides our collective future direction on
ESD activity in Manitoba and across Canada. http://www.esd-world-conference-
e) Resources 4 Rethinking – Learning for a Sustainable Future
www.resources4rethinking.ca This is an online data base where educators and the
general public can search for the highest quality, peer-reviewed, curriculum matched
teaching resources related to sustainable development. This is not a directory of
resources; rather it is a database of high quality resources available to teachers.
f) Active and Safe Routes to School Program – This resource assists schools in
developing an active school travel plan for students.
g) Watershed kits/contents/grade levels ,Project Wet kits ,Wetland kit
h) Eco Kids http://www.ecokids.ca/pub/index.cfm
The teacher toolkit and ESD games for students are very popular
i) Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy is an interdisciplinary unit
that includes ten fully-planned lessons.
j) Biosphere (Environment Canada) has lectures that you can request for students in a
class or an assembly.
Biosphere website for more information;
k) Parks Canada www.pc.gc.ca/education
Classroom-ready educational resources that will enhance your students' learning
experiences about Canada's national historic sites, national parks and national marine
conservation areas. They regularly add resources with clear connections to provincial
and territorial curricula.
l). Taking it Global (TIG) http://www.tigweb.org/tiged/
Their mission is to enable a collaborative learning community which provides youth
with access to global opportunities, cross-cultural connections and meaningful
participation in decision-making.
n) Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties (MARL)
Through this program they aim to facilitate the development and understanding of our
common responsibility to make human rights a reality in society. Their goal is to
develop a culture of human rights to help prevent human rights abuses and violent
conflicts, promote equality and sustainable development, and to enhance participation
in democratic processes.
o) David Suzuki Foundation-conservation of the environment by providing science
based education and acting as a catalyst for social change.
p) Manitoba Council for International Cooperation - MCIC
This organization works with school divisions as they find ways to encourage global
citizenship with their students. www.mcic.ca
q) Canadian Teachers Federation-CTF has compiled resources to encourage
students to discover how the values of the environment, democracy, peace and
solidarity help to ensure a sustainable future. www.ctf-fce.ca
r) Free the Children –founded by Craig Keilburger is the world’s largest network of
children helping children. www.freethechildren.com
s) Save the Children – fights for children’s rights. They promise to deliver
immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives worldwide. Includes a
number of resources for teachers. www.savethechildren.ca
t) World Vision Youth Ambassador Program – Encourages Canadian youth to
learn from each other and the World Vision staff about peace- building, development
and leadership. www.worldvision.ca
u) Media Awareness Network –offers resources that help children understand how
media stereotypes and lack of representation of minorities can impact how they see
themselves and others. www.media-awareness.ca
v) Kids from Kanata – is an interactive on-line exchange program for Aboriginal
and non-Aboriginal schools and children. www.kidsfromkanata.ca
w) Aboriginal Canada Portal – contains separate links for First Nations, Inuit and
Métis children and youth to increase the awareness of Aboriginal Peoples history,
heritage ,traditions and successes. This specific link within the site is for educators.
x) Sustainable Happiness and Health Education K-6
Click the link to access the website, and click Manitoba to see the Manitoba version
of the guide: http://sustainablehappiness.ca/for-educators/ (It is slow to download)
y) Biosphere videoconferences and conferences at school on the environment-