Activities are underway to help celebrate Canadian Environment Week 2021 during May 30 to June 5. Established in 1971, Canadian Environment Week celebrates Canada’s environmental accomplishments and encourages Canadians to contribute to conserving and protecting their environment.
The Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to join the national and global conversation on social media using #EnviroWeek to celebrate and safeguard the environment and restore and help ecosystems.
“This is a good time to recognize that, while the world now faces a dual crisis of biodiversity loss and climate change, there is an equally great opportunity for Canadians to see the benefits of an accelerating transition to a nature-positive and carbon-neutral future,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
“The theme of this year’s environment week is ‘Ecosystem Restoration,’ which coincides and concludes with the United Nations’ World Environment Day next weekend. A year of pandemic lockdowns has brought home how much we all want to bring nature back into our lives. Collectively, we have within us the power to protect more nature intact, and to restore what’s already been damaged.”
Some special days include:
- June 2: Canada Clean Air Day
- June 5: UN World Environment Day
Daily activities and sustainable living advice is available here: EnviroTips.
This year, the United Nations theme for World Environment Day is “ecosystem restoration”. This fits perfectly with Canada’s variety of ecosystems, some of which are unique in the world.
You can help restore our forests, wetlands, grasslands, tundra, lakes, rivers, coastal and marine ecosystems.
- Discover what you can do to fight climate change and protect the environment
- Join the #ProtectNature Challenge to help make a real difference for our environment
- Take care of Canada’s Bird and Biodiversity Areas
- Discover if you are a restoration practitioner
- Learn more about ecosystems around the planet
Celebrate the environment
Canadians have a special connection with nature and the environment. Here are some opportunities and ideas to help you celebrate Canada’s unparalleled natural beauty.
- Discover nature around you
- Learn about Indigenous knowledge that has been handed down over thousands of years
- Learn practical tips and tools with the Pollution prevention resource finder
- Find out more about our commitment to conserve 25% of Canada’s lands and oceans by 2025
- Discover our environment on our YouTube channel — watch videos on wildlife, biodiversity, protected areas and Indigenous conservation. Learn what you can do to protect our environment
- Spend time in a National Wildlife Area, or a National Park
Involve the kids
- Climate Kids, to learn more about climate change
- Earth Rangers, a variety of activities kids can do with their family at or close to home, while safely practicing social distancing
- Earth School, daily adventures to understand and celebrate our environment
- The Nature Playbook (PDF), to connect with nature
Featured image from Government of Canada.