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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. This single largest, global celebration of our environment takes place each year on June 5th. In 2019 China will host World Environment Day celebrations with the theme, ‘Air Pollution’. The goal is to see governments, industry and communities develop renewable energy and green technologies to improve air quality in cities and regions across the world. ‘We can't stop breathing, but we can do something about the quality of air that we breathe’.
Canadian Environment Week (June 3 to June 9) is celebrated annually during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day. Other highlights of this national, week-long event include Clean Air Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day on June 8.
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: