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Got a favourite sweater?

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Rainbow District School Board is turning down the heat and inviting students and staff to wear a sweater this Thursday.

Education director Bruce Bourget says according to the World Wildlife Federation, if all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just two degrees Celsius, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about four megatons – the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the roads.

He adds Sweater Day raises awareness about renewable energy and encourages people to think about energy consumption and changing their habits.

Bourget says education on that day will focus on climate change and how fashion has an environmental impact.

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He says donating or trading clothes will also be part of the day including a documentary highlighting what students can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

Bourget adds the monthly challenges are a key component of the board’s commitment to have all its schools EcoSchools Canada Certified by 2022.

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