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Earth Day
April 22nd, 2017

It is expected that 6 million Canadians will join more than a billion people from 192 countries to participate in Earth Day, 2017.  Since 1970 Earth Day organizers around the world have celebrated April 22 by staging events and projects that encourage citizens to address important environmental issues. 

Schools have played an increasingly significant role in promoting Earth Day and it is hoped that every child in will have the opportunity to take part in Earth Day activities.

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 to 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.

This year, Earth Day Canada has launched a special campaign to highlight our great outdoors by encouraging Earth Day activities that promote outdoor play. Given that most children spend less than one hour a day outside, there is legitimate concern that today’s youth will grow up with little connection to the planet or motivation to protect it.

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in Earth Day 2017. 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.