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From the Ground Up Ep. 318: Climate education for school students, with Mike Prebble | 2024.06.05

Ep. 318

Mike Prebble is a high school teacher in Saskatoon: amongst other things he teaches climate awareness, starting from outdoor education principles. In this episode he tells us about a recent rally for high school students, about the initiatives pursued by the teenagers, and about his own experience and motivation in doing this work.

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