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Earth Day
April 22nd, 2020

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?

  • 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. 
  • Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our habitable. (Earthday.org 2020)
  • 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.

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.

For more information and activities be sure to check out the Earth Day Canada website or Earthday.org.