What is an Advocacy Project?

Are you interested in a project that tackles the bigger issues of environmentalism? Perhaps your school already has a great recycling system and does a lot to conserve energy and resources. Maybe your teams' strength lies in campaigning, debate or political science. A project in environmental advocacy can make a lot of curriculum connections. 

WHAT IS ADVOCACY? 

ADVOCACY IS THE TASK OF INITIATING PUBLIC CHANGE AND TO SUPPORT SPECIFIC IDEALS. SO, AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE, YOU WOULD ADVOCATE FOR PROTECTION .

Over the years, we’ve had some awesome projects that focus on or  incorporate environmental advocacy. In some cases, like Youth 4Tap, these advocacy projects have grown into eco-movements that have spread from school to school for years after the original project was done. Advocacy is an excellent way to make a long-lasting impression on your community, the province, or even the country.

Wondering where to start? Luckily, we have a wealth of projects to look at in the BC Green Games Gallery for ideas on what an advocacy project might look like so take a look through the last couple of years and see if you can identify the projects that specifically tackle advocacy issues. The Viewer’s Choice Award is an excellent opportunity to flex your campaigning muscles to see how far you can go with communications.

Another great resource is Climate Justice in BC: Lessons for Transformation. This free eight-lesson program was created to support high school curriculum in Science and Tech, Socials, Language Arts, Civic Studies, Communications, Applied skills, Planning, Sustainable Resources, Home Ec., Buss Ed., Social Justice and Geography. This program addresses the fundamentals of climate change, Food systems, Transportation, Waste Management, The concept of the Town Hall, Green Industry, Imagining the Future and Learning about the Challenges to Change.

Examples of past advocacy projects:

EDUCATING SUSTAINABILITY

CHURCHILL YOUTH4TAP

WATER IS LIFE