PROJect -Re- GeneRatIOn
Designed to inspire, empower, and activate life-long learners in the reimagining and regeneration of our home: Earth.
Our world as we know it is on the cusp of significant change. Our home is ‘burning’ and natural systems are failing at an alarming rate. However, the Earth is resilient and can heal itself if given a chance.
People, industry, and government throughout the global community must work together in the regeneration effort. Education plays a powerful role in this movement, not only as a means to develop understanding around climate change, but as a place of action.
Project -Re- Generation offers students the opportunity, avenues, space, tools, time, and guidance to engage in creative and meaningful place-based climate action that would benefit the local community while contributing towards the larger goal of the regeneration of our home, Earth.
What is Project -Re- Generation?
Project -Re- Generation (ReGen) is an immersive place- and project-based learning experience designed to inspire, activate, and empower youth to become engaged community members through regenerative action. Students learn by doing: exploring and connecting with their local environment, built and natural alike; engaging with community experts; and working collaboratively on an authentic project of their choosing. These regenerative projects will seek to restore and rejuvenate systems through practices such as rewilding, redesigning, rebuilding, reducing, reusing, repairing, and restoring.
ReGen is inspired by two innovative programs: Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue at Simon Fraser University and LEAP Academy at Green School Bali. Although half a world apart, these programs are both rooted in a shared learning approach that places emphasis on experiences, community, and action. ReGen blends aspects of both Dialogue and LEAP while bringing to life its own character, which focuses on regenerative and climate-action community projects.
How does it work?
By engaging in real-life sustainability projects that are community-based, participants will build an understanding of the principles of sustainability while flexing the critical skills increasingly essential to thrive in our ever-changing world. Along with being adaptable and thinking in systems, specific emphasis is given to the ‘Four C’s’: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
So let’s look at that learning process in a bit more detail…
The beginning of the program is dedicated to exploring key concepts, such as sustainability, the circular economy, and systems, as well as orienting the students to Thetis Island and its many nooks and crannies of awesomeness. We will also spend time developing our mini ReGen community as it will be essential to working together on the project. In the second week we will invite Thetis Islanders to pitch their project ideas to the group. We welcome all types of projects, but they must all share the common aim to improve Thetis Island’s adaptability and resilience to climate change through regenerative approaches. After selecting a project, students will be guided through the design process of project ideation and planning, implementation, and review. As part of this, we will seek and work alongside community members who will help us realize our projects. Lastly, students will be asked to contribute to the site blog where they will share multi-media posts that reflect their experiences.
What is the time commitment?
How much does the program cost?
How will we work within Covid restrictions?
What is expected of students?
How big is the group?
Six students. Due to Covid, we would like to keep the group fairly small!
What is the age range?
What exactly are 'multimedia reflections'?
Who are the facilitators?
How do I get to Thetis Island?
Thetis Island is a small Gulf Island just north of Salt Spring. To get to Thetis, take the ferry from the Ferry Terminal in Chemainus, east of the Trans-Canada Highway and north of Duncan. It is a 30-50 minute ferry sailing. All students attending the program from off-Thetis will likely be traveling as a group and will meet up with the program facilitator at the ferry terminal on the Thetis side.
If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch!