Grade four and five students at Le Goff School will be replacing textbooks with gardening tools on May 23 as part of a program aimed at promoting energy education and conservation.
The Energy in Action program incorporates a morning classroom session on the petroleum industry and environmental stewardship, delivered by Inside Education. A networking lunch for teachers, community members and energy company employees will take place at 11:00 a.m.. Students will then get their hands dirty by partnering with local oil and gas industry employees for an environmental activity beginning at noon. Students and volunteers will be planting trees and shrubs at the homes of three grandparents from Cold Lake First nations. This underscores the importance of elders in the community, and provides an opportunity for the students to work across generations and help beautify the places where they live.
"Energy in Action is a terrific and fun opportunity for young people to learn about the importance of energy conservation, as well as to understand where our energy comes from and why stewardship is an important part of energy production," said Hanna Janzen, Imperial Oil Resources.
"Energy in Action is just one example of our members' commitment to Stewardship," said Brian Maynard, Vice President, Stewardship and Public Affairs, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. "Stewardship is a commitment to responsible resource development, including reducing our environmental footprint, improving worker safety, and being a good neighbour in the community. It is also about setting a good example for the next generation."
Since 2004, 47 companies and more than 1,200 company volunteers have participated in events in 32 communities across Canada. Together they have planted nearly 3,000 trees and shrubs, and taught more than 2,800 students about energy resources and the benefits of careful resource development.
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is the voice of the upstream oil and natural gas industry in Canada. CAPP represents 140 member companies who explore for, develop and produce more than 95 per cent of Canada's natural gas, crude oil, oil sands and elemental sulphur.