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November 2014 Earth Tones

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Earth Day Canada presents Project Wild Thing

EcoConnexions awarded as a Top Clean50 project!

EDC launches the Tapestry Community Leaders Program

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Deb Doncaster, President,Earth Day Canada

Deb Doncaster, President,
Earth Day Canada

It’s now been 10 months since starting as Earth Day’s new President and one of many partnerships I am grateful for is our 6 year relationship with the Aeroplan Beyond Miles program. This week, thanks to Aeroplan Miles, I am heading off to Calgary to be part of the Canadian Premiere of the film Project Wild Thing at the Marda Loop Film Festival. While I am in Calgary, I will be meeting the film maker and producer, David Bond and Ashley Jones, to discuss their Project Wild Thing Network which is an international effort to address nature deficit in the lives of children. I will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the City of Calgary to discuss their Child Friendly Cities Initiative and role in hosting the International Play Association Conference in 2017.

So thanks again Aeroplan Miles for the chance to go to Calgary and to build my understanding and capacity around nature deficit and important responses to it like Calgary’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative! Read more about Aeroplan and donate miles to Earth Day Canada today!

Earth Day Canada presents Project Wild Thing

Earth Day Canada presents Project Wild Thing


What might happen if a generation becomes completely disconnected from the outdoors and the natural world? Earth Day Canada (EDC) is proud to present Project Wild Thing, a funny and refreshing documentary that looks at the increasingly fragile connection between children and nature. View the trailer.

Attend Project Wild Thing screenings in Calgary (Nov 22) and Toronto (Nov 26), followed by expert panel discussions. Buy tickets for the Toronto screening online or call 416-599-1991 x 106 to order.

Thanks to our sponsors Mountain Equipment Co-op, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and York Region Nature Collaborative.

“A growing body of evidence shows that getting kids outside cultivates an enduring physical, emotional and psychological connection to the natural world. By encouraging outdoor play and connecting children to nature, we build our children’s mental and physical resilience as well as foster a lifelong sense of stewardship and appreciation for nature.” – Deb Doncaster, EDC President

"This film will change your life" — The Guardian

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EcoConnexions awarded as a Top Clean50 project!

EcoConnexions awarded as a Top Clean50 project!


EcoConnexions, Earth Day Canada’s employee engagement program run in partnership with CN (Canadian National Railway), was recognized by Clean50 as a top environmental project. Clean50 is the award granting body that honours outstanding contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada. EcoConnexions also placed an impressive third overall after the peoples’ choice voting round. The 2015 award event was held in Toronto and brought together business leaders to celebrate outstanding sustainability projects.

Launched in 2011, EcoConnexions engages CN's 24,000 employees to reduce waste, conserve energy and improve housekeeping at CN yards and offices across North America. To date, EcoConnexions has achieved excellent results such as reaching a 90% waste diversion rate in operational waste and avoiding over 5.7 million kgs of GHG emissions. Read more about EcoConnexions and Clean50 here.

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EDC launches the Tapestry Community Leaders Program

EDC launches the Tapestry Community Leaders Program


EDC understands that diverse communities possess significant knowledge and skills, and that there are opportunities to bring all stakeholders together for more sustained and widespread environmental change. The Tapestry program offers a free leadership training and development program to build community engagement, share knowledge and catalyze local environmental initiatives. For more information please visit our Tapestry website.

Mentorship is a key element of the leadership development program, aimed at enabling Tapestry Community Leaders to build their networks, share knowledge and learn from seasoned professionals in the field. We are delighted to have environmental leaders who are on board to support the mentorship component of Tapestry!

Our sincere thanks to:

 

David Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer of WWF(World Wildlife Fund) Canada

Eduardo Garay, Senior Advisor - Local and International Programs at FutureWatch Environment & Development Education Partners

Muaz Nasir, Founder of Khaleafa.com

Paul Bubelis, Executive Director of Sustainability Network

Seana Irvine, Chief Operating Officer of Evergreen

We welcome enquiries from organizations interested to become mentorship partners in this cross-sector relationship and capacity building opportunity. To learn more please contact Saira Ansari, Tapestry Program Lead at saira@earthday.ca or (416) 599-1991 Ext. 201.

Tapestry is funded by the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (the Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario).

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