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Hot Topics

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 theResources 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

Fall 2017

World Food Day

October 16

Waste Reduction Week

October 16-22, 2017

COP 23: UN Climate Change Conference

November 6-17, 2016

World Fisheries Day

November 21

Buy Nothing Day

November 24, 2017

World Wetlands Day

February 2

World Day of Social Justice

February 20

Earth Hour

March 24, 2018


World Water Day

March 22, 2018



Earth Day

April 22

International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22

Canadian Environment Week

June 3-9, 2018

National Aboriginal Day

June 21