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Earth Day- April 22nd 2011

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It is expected that 6 million Canadians will join more than a billion people from 170 countries to participate in Earth Day 2011.  Since 1970, Earth Day® organizers around the world have celebrated April 22 by staging events and projects that encourage citizens to address local environmental issues.  Schools have played an increasingly significant role in promoting Earth Day and it is hoped that every child in Canada will have the opportunity to participate in Earth Day activities this year. 


Why Celebrate Earth Day?


  • Earth Day draws attention to the planet and our dependence on it for survival.
  • Earth Day can raise awareness of key environmental problems that threaten earth’s ability to support life.
  • Earth Day can highlight the importance of sustainable development and promote the necessary changes in human practice to achieve its results.
  • Earth Day can provide the motivation and opportunity for participants to take action that will improve the environment of their local communities.
  • Earth Day presents an excellent interdisciplinary theme for schools to celebrate.
  • Earth Day celebrations give schools a great opportunity to model environmental stewardship.

Earth Day Canada

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in Earth Day. Top R4R Picks will connect you to some excellent resources to support these efforts.


For more information and activities be sure to check out the Earth Day Canada website at:



EARTH DAY® and the Leaf & Swirl DesignTM are trade-marks of Earth Day Canada (1991) Inc., used under licence.