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World Fisheries Day
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November 1-12, 2021
World Wetlands Day
World Day of Social Justice
World Water Day
International Day for Biological Diversity
Canadian Environment Week
National Indigenous Peoples Day
World Day of Social Justice was initiated by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007 to encourage support for international efforts in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment, gender equity and justice for all. This year’s theme “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice” provides students and teachers with an excellent opportunity to focus attention the issue of fair employment along with the other barriers to social well-being that millions of people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
Why Care About Social Justice:
o Over 60 per cent of all workers lack any kind of employment contract. (UN)
o By 2019, more than 212 million people were out of work, up from 201 million in previous years. (UN)
o Over 1.5 million children under the age of 5 die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. (WHO)
o There are currently 800 million people who do not have access to safe drinking water. (UNESCO)
o Armed forces in 20 countries are recruiting child soldiers under the age of 18. (Child Soldiers International)
o The tuberculosis rate among Canada’s First Nations ranges from 10 to 30 times higher than that of the population as a whole. (CBC)
o Eighty-two million girls now aged 10 to 17 will be married before their 18th birthday (UNFP).
o One hundred million more women would be alive today if females had equal access to nutrition and health care. (WHO)
o Of the 4.5 million refugees forced to flee Syria, over one million are children. (UNHRC)
o The gap between rich and poor within and among nations continues to grow and promote conflict.
o Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations
o A sustainable future involves meeting the needs of all people.
Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in World Day of Social Justice. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.
For More Information visit World Day of Social Justice.
World Water Day was conceived during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Since then the goal of the annual celebration has been to draw international attention to the need for sustainable management of this vital resource. Each year World Water Day places attention on a different aspect of freshwater. This year’s theme, “Water and Climate Change” will focus attention how global climate change is impacting the availability, quality and sustainability of fresh water.
World Water Day 2020 provides teachers and students with excellent opportunities to explore the role of water in sustaining life, to understand its inextricable connection to climate change and to become involved in water and climate change issues within their own communities.
Why Care about World Water Day?
• Clean, freshwater is a basic requirement for all life
• While 70% of the earth’s surface is covered with water, less than .003% of this water is potable.
• Today, > 2.1 billion people live without access to safe drinking water. (UN Water, 2018)
• Everyday women spend >200 million hours carrying water
• Canada ranks second in the world in per capita use of water (Conference Board of Canada, 2018)
• For many of the 400,000 Canadians living on First Nations reserves, access to safe drinking water remains a major challenge
• Water is an integral part of the earth’s web of ecosystems, providing critical habitat for wildlife.
• Canadians depend on healthy aquatic ecosystems to provide essential economic and social services
• The earth’s fresh water resources are facing increasing threats related to climate change (UN Water, 2019)
• Extreme weather events are making water more scarce, more unpredictable and more polluted.
• Currently, a growing demand for water is increasing the need for energy-intensive practices (pumping, transportation & treatment) that contribute to global warming.
Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in World Water Day. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.
For more information and ideas be sure to check out World Water Day
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! It is expected that 6 million Canadians will join what has become the largest environmental movement on the planet and participate in Earth Day events and activities. Since 1970, Earth Day organizers around the world have celebrated on April 22 by staging events and projects that encourage citizens to address important environmental issues. The global theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.
Schools have played an increasingly significant role in celebrating Earth Day and it is hoped that every child will have the opportunity to take part in Earth Day activities.
Why Celebrate Earth Day?
Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in Earth Day 2020. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.
Canadian Environment Week: June 1 to June 8
Canadian Environment Week was established in 1971 as a way of recognizing Canada's environmental achievements and to encourage Canadians to contribute to the conservation and protection of their environment. It is celebrated annually during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day. Other highlights connected to this national, week-long event include Clean Air Day (June 3) and World Oceans Day on June 8.
World Environment Day was established by the United Nations in 1972 to raise awareness and encourage global action on behalf of the environment. This single largest, global celebration of our environment takes place each year on June 5th. In 2020 Columbia will host World Environment Day celebrations, in cooperation with Germany. This year’s theme is Biodiversity.
World Environment Day and Canadian Environment Week provide many opportunities for teachers and students to investigate a range of important environmental issues and bring about positive changes within their own communities.
Why Participate in Canadian Environment Week & World Environment Day?
Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in the Canadian Environment Week. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.
For more information and activities to support this special week, be sure to check: