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Canadian Environment Week:
June 1-8, 2020

Canadian Environment Week: June 1 to June 8

Canadian Environment Week was established in 1971 as a way of recognizing Canada's environmental achievements and to encourage Canadians to contribute to the conservation and protection of their environment. It is celebrated annually during the first week of June to coincide with World Environment Day.  Other highlights connected to this national, week-long event include Clean Air Day (June 3) and World Oceans Day on June 8. 

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. In 2020 Columbia will host World Environment Day celebrations, in cooperation with Germany. This year’s theme is Biodiversity.

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?

  • Canadian Environment Week can help focus attention on important issues related to our environment and our quality of life.
  • Participation in Canadian Environment Week can demonstrate the importance of individual efforts in caring for the environment.
  • Canadian Environment Week can provide opportunities to recognize our shortcomings and celebrate our achievements in protecting the environment.
  • Canadian Environment Week is a great time for students to get outside and make real contributions to improve local environments.

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: