By Clare Ogilvie
Secondary school students throughout British Columbia will soon
get a chance to see former U.S. vice-president Al Gore's movie
The DVD will be given to all 477 high schools in the province, potentially reaching 278,000 students.
The movie is being donated by the Tides Canada Foundation, which is a national public foundation focusing on helping create environmental sustainability and progressive social change.
“This is really the most important issue facing the future,” said Tim Draiman, the foundation’s executive director.
“A film like this really helps all viewers, students, teachers, adults think about what are the long term implications of our lifestyle, and how we are managing our society. We know that there are a lot of solutions around and this just helps us wrap our heads around what are the innovative ways we are going to re-shape building a sustainable society.”
The donation, worth about $10,000, was announced Sunday in Vancouver.
Vancouver’s superintendent of schools, Chris Kelly said: “The schools will deal with this as they do a number of resources. They will do their own review, and they will make their own decisions on how best to use it.
“I am not here to promote it, but the idea of it serving as a stimulus for dialogue and learning, I welcome.”
The movie will also be distributed to all school superintendents free.