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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 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





National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30





Ocean Wise Shoreline Cleanup

Fall 2023

World Food Day

October 16

Waste Reduction Week

October 16-22

UN Climate Change Conference COP 28

November 30 to December 12

World Fisheries Day

November 21

Buy Nothing Day

November 24

World Wetlands Day

February 2

World Day of Social Justice

February 20

World Water Day

March 22

Earth Hour

March 23, 2024


Earth Day

April 22

International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22

Canadian Environment Week

June 3 to June 9

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21