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Down to Earth
December 2015
Earth Day Canada
Season's Greetings!



The 2015 Earth Flag

Justin Trudeau

We were overwhelmed by the diversity and creativity of the flag swatches we received from volunteers, schools, universities, corporations, municipalities, government officials and organizations.

Signed by 250,000 people across the country since Earth Day (April 22) 2015, the Flag represents every province and territory. The Earth Flag’s artistic design was created by world-renowned Canadian contemporary artist, Charles Pachter, and includes signatures from Al Gore, Robert Bateman, Elizabeth May and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau! Unfortunately, the French Government has cancelled all public events scheduled during COP21 in Paris, including the climate marches. We are still eager to share the 2015 Earth Flag and we've found a new venue at the 2016 Green Living Show in Toronto.

Once again, Earth Day Canada thanks our partners, sponsors, and everyone across the country that submitted a flag, signed at an event or added their signature online.

Stay tuned for more details and the official unveil!



Join us on Earth Day (April 22, 2016) for our Earth Ball

Earth Ball

Specially dedicated to celebrating our 25th Anniversary, the Earth Ball is widely considered to be the coolest environmental event in Toronto—don’t miss a great opportunity! People come for the networking and stay for the fun!

New this year: Special VIP Reception for sponsors prior to the main event. This reception will include a short thank you introduction and keynote address by First Nations elder Josephine Mandamin, our Outstanding Environmental Achievement winner, who has walked more than 17,000 kilometres to raise consciousness of Great Lakes pollution. She will be introduced by distinguished guest David MacDonald, former MP and cabinet minister, and Special Advisor to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

When: Earth Day (April 22, 2016)

Where: The Beer Hall, at the Mill Street Brewery, 21 Tank House Lane, (Toronto Distillery District).

Number of guests: About 400 business and environment leaders who network, celebrate environmental achievement, delight in a culinary experience, and enjoy fabulous music and comedy.

Time:  VIP guests arrive at 6 p.m. Individual ticket buyers arrive at 7 p.m. Stay till midnight!

Food and Drink: As always, the Ball will be a fabulous treat for our guests in many ways – including the food! Celebrity chefs, and some of Canada’s best beer and wine.

Entertainment: We have got a fun night planned for you! Silent auction – bid on some cool, one-of-a-kind items

Dress: Be green and try renting a beautiful dress from Rent Frock Repeat.

Don't miss out, tickets available now!



EcoReporters for Play!

EcoReporters for Play!

Show us how your school supports free play in your community!

Gather your classmates or environment club and create a short, exciting video that will be featured on

What is free play?

  Making up your own game.
  Creating your own safe play space.
  Building a fort with found or natural objects.
  Using your imagination!
  Check out this video!

Submit a video by December 11 and you will be entered into a draw to win a Sony HDTV for your school! For more information, visit us at



Win $25,000 worth of technology for your school!

Superpower your school!

The 2016 Staples Superpower your School Contest, brought to you in collaboration with Earth Day Canada, runs December 3, 2015 – January 29, 2016 and will recognize schools that are doing their part to protect the planet. Enter now, because your eco initiatives could help you win 1 of 10 prizes of $25,000 worth of technology for your school. Please note – entrants must be an elementary or secondary school located in Canada that is either publicly-funded or independent with charitable status.

Visit to submit your entry!



2015 Hometown Heroes Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2015 Hometown Heroes!

Earth Day Canada, in partnership with Mill Street Brewery and the RBC Foundation, is excited to congratulate our 2015 Hometown Heroes Award winners!

Brianna Jackson   John Barker

Youth Hometown Heroes
Award Winner

Brianna Jackson
Leamington, ON


Individual Hometown Heroes Award Winner
John Barker
West Vancouver, BC

Windermere Secondary Leadership Program   River Café

Group Hometown Heroes
Award Winner

Windermere Secondary
Leadership Program
Vancouver, BC


Small Business Hometown Heroes Award Winner 
River Café
Calgary, AB

The Hometown Heroes Award Program was established in 2004 by Earth Day Canada to recognize and celebrate environmental leaders who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action.

To read more about the 2015 winners and finalists, please visit



Tapestry leaders actively engaged diverse communities in 2015!

Tapestry Leaders

Our Tapestry Community Leaders reached over 3800 people and have organized numerous initiatives including Earth Day events, e-waste collection, community clean-ups and gardening activities, tree planting, engaging communities in the Earth Flag campaign and youth leader engagement (including back country hiking for newcomer youth). Several community sessions to build awareness and engagement around environmental issues were held on a range of topics including Climate Change, water conservation, organic food, healthy diet and food preservation, park renovation and composting.

The 2015 leadership cohort were also placed in mentorship relationships with ENGO sector leaders. Besides supporting the leaders, these relationships are intended to be co-learning spaces where diverse community leaders can also share their knowledge, community perspectives and networks with their mentees to support further outreach and inclusion opportunities. A range of Capacity Building Guides have been shared with the leaders and diverse community organizations in the GTA. To learn more, nominate a diverse community leader for 2016 or to access the Tapestry Toolkit Guides and Speakers’ Bureau please visit



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