In-Depth Sustainability Goals

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 The grade 6’s at Pinewood have been taking a deep dive into sustainability through their Beyond Recycling program this year. For their final projects, students are taking a deep dive into the UN Sustainability goals, merging Beyond Recycling with the rest of their social studies concepts.

Through BR, they’ve learned about waste, plastic, power, energy, water, and the larger concepts of climate change, ecoFootprints and sustainability. These last three have led to discussions around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development (

These goals are “an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”

Individually or in small groups, the grade 6 students have chosen one goal to learn about. They have been understanding the concept behind their goal, what the root of the problem is, what is currently being done to address this challenge. Then, before presenting to the class, students will connect their UN Sustainable Development Goal to what is happening locally, in and around Cranbrook.

Their research is still ongoing, but stay tuned for more about

·        #5 Gender Equality

·        #11 Sustainable Cities

·        #14 Life Below Water

·        #9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

·        #2 Zero Hunger

·        #13 Climate Action