The Center for Research on Innovations and Social Transformations (CRITS), based in the School of Social Innovation at St. Paul University, held their second annual symposium, entitled “Building A New World in the Shell of the Old to Face Climate Crisis: Between Transition, Resilience and Resistance”, from November 12-14, 2020. Their goal was to contribute to collective reflection on social and ecological transition strategies, by bringing together practitioners, researchers, academics, activists and community organizers for dialogue and knowledge sharing in order to stimulate exchanges around the issues, challenges, obstacles and possible victories of citizen initiatives and collective mobilizations.

The kids in my Upstanders Academy and I presented at this symposium on Saturday, November 14 at 1:00 pm. Our presentation was entitled “Youth Initiatives Forum | Actions We Can Take To Save Our Planet”. For our presentation, each of the amazing kids in my Upstanders Academy talked about an issue that is important to them and their recommended actions for saving the planet. The topics included: climate change, our food system, deforestation, plastic pollution, textile waste, water pollution, endangered animals and energy.

Here is a list of the articles we read and videos we watched in preparation for this presentation, in case you want to do some further reading on any of the topics the kids discussed at the Symposium.


What Is Climate Change? – NASA Climate Kids

How Climate Change Is Fueling Extreme Weather – Earth Justice

Why are glaciers and sea ice melting? – World Wildlife Fund

10 Images Show What Coastal Cities Will Look Like After Sea Levels Rise – Taylor Hill, TakePart

Top 10 things you can do about climate change – David Suzuki Foundation


What we eat matters: to change climate crisis, we need to reshape the food system – Jess Fanzo and Mario Herrero, The Guardian

Is the Livestock Industry Destroying the Planet? – Alastair Bland, Smithsonian Magazine

Fight climate change by preventing food waste – World Wildlife Fund

Your Questions About Food and Climate Change, Answered – Julia Moskin, Brad Plumer, Rebecca Lieberman and Eden Weingart, The New York Times

Can your diet save the planet? – Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, Better by TODAY


What Is Deforestation? Definition, Causes, Consequences, Solutions – youmatter

Just for Kids: What’s Climate Change? And What Can I Do? – Allyson Shaw, The Climate Reality Project

Palm oil – deforestation for everyday products – Rainforest Rescue

What Does “Rainforest Alliance Certified” Mean? – Rainforest Alliance

Certified sustainable palm oil – Green Palm Sustainability

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil

We Are Flushing Our Forests Down The Toilet! – Skunk Ohm, Intelligent Living

Wiped out: America’s love of luxury toilet paper is destroying Canadian forests – Sam Wolfson, The Guardian


The world’s plastic pollution crisis explained – Laura Parker, National Geographic

Ocean Plastics Pollution: A Global Tragedy for Our Oceans and Sea Life – Center for Biological Diversity

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – The Ocean Cleanup

The Environmental Impact of Balloon Releases and Suggestions for Eco-Friendly Alternatives – planet blue, University of Michigan

Balloon Ban – Behind the News

Crochet Water Balloon Review: Kid Tested! – Crafters Autonomous

Crochet Water Balloon – Right Handed Tutorial – Left in Knots


Textile Waste Reduction – City of Richmond Hill

The Environmental Crisis Caused by Textile Waste – Shelby Bell, Roadrunner

Here’s where your donated clothing really ends up – Paul Jay, CBC News

How Adidas is turning plastic ocean waste into sneakers and sportswear – Clancy Morgan, Business Insider


Water Pollution: Everything You Need to Know – Melissa Denchak, Natural Resources Defense Council

Hazardous Waste – Pollution Issues

Hazardous Waste – Ottawa Riverkeeper

6 Reasons to Skip the Salt this Winter – Ottawa Riverkeeper

Zooming in on the Five Types of Microplastics – Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow – Nikki Fotheringham, GreenMoxie

‘Wake up call’: Distressing secret behind your favourite jeans – Brooke Rolfe, Yahoo News Australia

Microplastics – Ottawa Riverkeeper


Endangered Species – Kids Discover

Protecting wildlife for a healthy planet – World Wildlife Fund

Longer melt season a game changer for Arctic mammals – NASA, Global Climate Change

As sea ice melts, some say walruses need better protection – CBC News

The Forest Stewardship Council


Renewable Energy Made Easy – Generation Genius

This incredible fact should get you psyched about solar power – Rebecca Harrington, Business Insider

Energy and Pollution: Where Do We Pollute the Most? – Mary Wales, Nature’s Path

What’s Behind the World’s Biggest Climate Victory? Capitalism – Lynn Doan, Brian Eckhouse, Christopher Cannon and Hannah Recht, Bloomberg

16 inventions getting us off fossil fuels and into renewable energy – Jade Tungul, Business Insider

50 Tips to Cut Your Electric Bill in Half – HomeSelfe


9 Reasons to Have Climate Hope in 2020 – The Climate Reality Project

How Generation Z is leading the climate movement – Nick Engelfried, Waging Nonviolence