Every year on April 22, we celebrate and learn about our beautiful earth. Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This day in April was chosen specifically to help maximize the number of students that could be reached at schools all over the world. According to the Earth Day Network, more than one billion people now get involved in Earth Day activities annually, establishing it as the largest secular civic event in the world. It’s an international call for citizens of the earth to learn about how humans are impacting the environment, to inspire a global change in human behaviour, and to influence changes to policy in local, national, and international spaces.
Environmental education will empower the change we want to see with the future. DSBN is wholly committed to educating students about the environment, with the goals of engaging students in real world issues that transcend classroom walls, sparking their interest in the environment, and optimistically motivating their future actions, taken in the best interest of our shared home.
What We’re Learning
- DSBN hosted a system-wide live event for students during Earth Day (Friday, April 22), focused on environmental education, with special guest, the well-known environmental trailblazer, David Suzuki
- Videos showcasing what students were doing at school to learn about and celebrate the environment were played during the live event, for students across the DSBN to experience and find inspiration from
- Educators were centrally provided various grade-appropriate Earth Day activities and environmental lesson plans
- David Suzuki will rejoin us next week for students and staff to engage in a live Q&A session!
Outdoor Learning Challenge
There’s more? Of course! There’s so much to learn about! Our Outdoor Education department challenged schools to put down their textbooks and Chromebooks, and get outside to fully immerse themselves in nature for at least one hour every day during Earth Week (April 18-22). Almost 23,000 elementary and secondary students, with their teachers, participated! Experience leads to understanding. And when learning takes place in the natural world, it creates a deep love and respect for the earth that students will carry with them throughout their lives.
Are you Taking Action?
Then share what you're doing with us! Tag us in your Instagram or Twitter posts and stories so that we can share the environmental work you’re doing with our Niagara community.
We only have 1 earth. 1 planet. 1 home we share. A home that we need to work together to protect. Through an age-appropriate lens, educating youth on the current state of our shared environment, the impacts humans have made on it, and learning what actions we can take and innovate as we move forward, is essential in order for us to build a sustainable way of life, and a healthy and happy home planet for us all.