Our programs—focused on education, action, recognition and financial support—are successful because they offer simple, easy-to-accomplish actions that can be done by all of us. Each individual action will add up to a substantial improvement for the environment when we all work together.
The EcoKids Program provides thousands of schools and teachers with free, curriculum-based environmental education resources that are designed to inspire children to become life-long environmental stewards. EcoKids supports learning through topical resources, innovative campaigns and educational games and activities. It encourages children to form their own opinions, make decisions, get involved and understand the impact their actions have on the environment.
The objective of EarthPLAY is to put self-directed outdoor play back into the lives of children as a natural part of their day-to-day lives. EarthPLAY encompasses a broad spectrum of projects that address play provision in schools, childcare centres, parks, streets and other community green spaces, highlighting the importance of freely chosen outdoor play as a vital determinant of health and social wellbeing. We thank our core sponsor, TD Friends of the Environment Fund, for supporting the integration of EarthPLAY into Earth Day Canada.
The Hometown Heroes Award Program has become one of Canada’s most prestigious environmental awards. Established in 2004, the program recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses who foster meaningful long-term community awareness and action. To date, Earth Day Canada and its partners have recognized 115 Hometown Heroes across Canada.
Earth Day Canada’s diversity and inclusion program has two primary goals: to move the environmental agenda forward within diverse communities and to advance inclusivity in the environmental sector. Tapestry consists of inter-linked elements which include supporting the diversification of environmental sector boards, diverse community leadership development, and organizational capacity building and communications.
Are you a young person looking to get more involved in your community? Are you looking for job skills, volunteer hours or ways to express your commitment to environmental issues?
Earth Day Canada’s peer-to-peer education program, EcoMentors, offers the training and resources youth need to facilitate local environmental education workshops with their peers and other young Canadians.
EcoMentors has established Youth Activator Networks (to build and advise EcoMentors) and they are growing across the country.
With workshops, resources and conferences, and a community on social media, EcoMentors is the go-to place for youth to get involved in environmental education and action.
Visit www.ecomentors.ca for further information.
Earth Day Canada recognizes that addressing environmental issues requires the participation of all sectors of society. There are significant opportunities to work with the business community, and Earth Day Canada works strategically with its corporate partners to create and deliver customized programs that facilitate behaviour change amongst employees, while helping achieve their sustainability and conservation goals. Learn more about our Employee Engagement Program.