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Students planting 1,000 trees at Prince George school

Trees will be planted at Foothills Elementary as part of The Exploration Place’s GenAction project.
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Students at Foothills Elementary in Prince George will be planting 1,000 trees on Thursday, as part of the GenAction program. Getty Images file photo

On Thursday, students at Foothills Elementary School will plant 1,000 trees as part of The Exploration Place’s first GenAction project.

GenAction is an initiative funded by the federal government and led by the Canadian Association of Science Centres, aimed at teaching children between Kindergarten and Grade 12 more about climate change science and encouraging them to take action.

"We are excited to be involved in the GenAction initiative,” Exploration Place assistant curator Joshua Seymour said. “It gives us the opportunity to plant a seed and show kids that they can have the power to make an impact when it comes to climate change.”

The trees have been donated by Canfor, and the project is being supported by the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and School District 57.

The Exploration Place will be running GenAction projects throughout northern B.C. through 2023 and 2024.

“Members of the Canadian Association of Science Centres are taking a collaborative approach to empower over 200,000 youth across Canada to take action against climate change in their home communities,” Canadian Association of Science Centres executive director Dr. Marianne Mader said. “As trusted sources of current and reliable science information, science centres and museums are the natural place for youth and their families to learn about how to mitigate climate change and to connect to the national GenAction movement.”