Hot Topics Calendar

Exploring current issues in the classroom

This feature was developed by Resources for Rethinking to connect students to some of the efforts being made to solve important problems that are affecting our planet. Hot Topics are published during the school year to coincide with the timing of national and international campaigns taking place to raise awareness of these key issues.

Each Hot Topic edition includes links to classroom materials from the Resources for Rethinking database that will encourage students and teachers to explore the environmental, economic and social dimensions of these issues and to take action in support of the larger campaign.

Hot Topics Calendar

UN International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer

September 16

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

September 21-29, 2013

World Food Day

October 16


Waste Reduction Week

October 21-27, 2013


World Fisheries Day

November 21


Buy Nothing Day

November 29, 2013


COP 19: UN Climate Change Conference

November 11-22, 2013

World Wetlands Day

February 2


World Day of Social Justice

February 20


World Water Day

March 22


Earth Hour

March 29, 2014

Earth Day

April 22


International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22

Canadian Enviroment Week

June 1-7, 2014

National Aboriginal Day

June 21

Canada Day

July 1

 

Earth Day
April 22nd, 2014

It is expected that 6 million Canadians will join more than a billion people from 192 countries to participate in Earth Day 2014.  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 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

2014. 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: http://www.earthday.ca/pub/