GTEC Reader Vol 2, Issue 3 - Climate Crisis Education

VOLUME 2 – ISSUE 3, August 2021


Dedicated to indigenous reconciliation and our common efforts to salvage the world that has been so good to us

Editor’s Introduction

With special thanks to my co-editor, Mary Kean, I am delighted to introduce this volume of the Reader. As well as the usual beauty and bounty that summer brings, this summer has been a painful one. Most painful was the discovery of children’s graves at the sites of former residential schools beginning with 215 in Kamloops.

The heat dome and the fires that raged in the interior of BC reminded us of the climate emergency and provided us with tangible confirmation of the Code Red alert sounded by scientists in the 6th IPCC Assessment Report. We have dedicated this issue of the GTEC Reader to indigenous reconciliation and our common efforts to salvage the world that has been so good to us.

— Arden Henley, Editor

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Arden Henley, Ed.D

Arden Henley is a past Vice President of City University of Seattle in Vancouver, and Principal of Canadian Programs. Arden has a BA from McMaster, an MA from Duquesne in Pittsburgh and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from SFU.

Well known for his innovative leadership style and thought-provoking presentations, Arden has practiced Organizational Development and Family Therapy for over 35 years and consulted broadly with community and government agencies. His recently published book entitled “Social Architecture: Notes & Essays” summarizes his experience as both a Therapist and Organization Development Consultant.

Janis Ottem

Janis Ottem is a retired Special education teacher and counsellor. The culmination and highlight of her career was continuing this work as part of the educational team at Skelep School of Excellence which was created and is administered by the Tk’emlupsTe Secwepemc to preserve and teach Secwepemc culture and language, and to provide academic excellence to children of all needs.

Linda Thyer

Linda is a Vancouver based physician and member of the GTEC Board of Directors with longstanding interests in the health impacts of the climate crisis.

Scott Lawrance, Ed.D.

Scott and his Salish Sea Eco-retreats partner, Tara Souch offer annual eco-retreats for wilderness guides and interested professionals. He is the author of four books of poetry and has, in the past, edited two poetry magazines, “Raven” and “Circular Causation”.Scott has taught at all levels of public education from grade two to post-Secondary.