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November 16, 2017

Down to Earth - Earth Day Canada - November, 2017

EcoKids Newsletter
 

Get Outside - on Earth Day and every day.

Earth Day Canada is helping people spend quality time outdoors every day to support health, happiness and the planet. With a new mandate to encourage outdoor play and build resilient communities, our EarthPLAY programs provide resources and tools for parents, neighbourhoods, schools, educators and policy-makers. Here's what's happening...
 
 
MAKING PLAY A PART OF THE SCHOOL DAY
 
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After the introduction of our Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) program in 6 schools in the Toronto District School Board last year, we’re expanding. An additional 11 schools are experiencing OPAL this year and our outdoor play days kicked off with tremendous success – reaching more than 4000 children!

OPAL school lead teams have shown they can support diverse and enriched outdoor play experiences in their school yards and children engaged in amazing and creative play.

See what students, teachers and principals have to say about OPAL.
 
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Want to know more about OPAL?


Join us for our OPAL symposium on January 19, 2018 to:
  • Learn about OPAL best practices from abroad with Michael Follett, OPAL U.K. Founder
  • Discover how the OPAL program is developing and expanding in the GTA with Brenda Simon, Director of Play Programs at Earth Day Canada
  • Hear first-hand experiences from Toronto District School Board (TDSB) teachers and principals from OPAL schools in 2016/2017 pilot year.
 
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A CELEBRATION OF STREETPLAY
 
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Our six-month StreetPLAY Pilot Project wrapped up in Toronto and we celebrated with street parties! CBC Toronto came along, and filming took place for a feature on BBC World News.

The StreetPLAY pilot has demonstrated that residents and children love the opportunity for regular play right outside their door. From June to November the project enabled more than 800 hours of outdoor active play for children from 545 homes.

Thanks to Canadian Tire for their support of the StreetPLAY finale parties.
 
 
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GIVING TUESDAY: JOIN THE MOVEMENT
 
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You might know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday - now Giving Tuesday is coming to Canada on November 28. It’s a new Canadian movement for giving, where charities, companies and individuals join together to rally for favourite causes.

Earth Day Canada’s Giving Tuesday campaign is focused on helping children, communities and the planet. Our EarthPLAY programs are having a positive impact across Canada, and we want to reach 20,000 more Canadian kids in 2018 – providing enriched and diverse outdoor play opportunities in schools, parks, streets and community green spaces!

The most meaningful environmental education occurs when children are encouraged to play outdoors. This holiday season, give the gift of play.
 
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Digging in to nature play
 
The Canadian Association of Family Resource Programs has published a new magazine focused on the power of play. In it, Dr. Mariana Brussoni, a developmental child psychologist, discusses why outdoor risky play is important, and the cover photo features children engaged in a POP-UP Adventure Play event hosted by Earth Day Canada.

Check out the magazine for tips and resources to support outdoor play.
 
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Superpower your School
 
The 2018 Staples Superpower your School Contest recognizes schools doing their part to protect the planet. Tell us what your school is doing to make the world a greener place and you could win $20,000 worth of innovative technology for your school.

Contest opens December 1.
 
 
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EcoChampions build a sustainable future at CN



EcoConnexions, the partnership program between Earth Day Canada and CN Rail, is completing its seventh year. In 2017, the program engaged more than 23,000 CN employees on four quarterly campaigns: Earth Month, Reducing Waste, Conserving Energy, and Improving Housekeeping.

More than 150 EcoConnexions projects across the CN network were completed this year by CN employees, helping CN to reduce their carbon emissions and waste sent to landfill, and helping employees to create a safer working environment.
 
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A celebration of children
 
Universal Children’s Day is November 20, a day to promote international togetherness and child welfare. It also marks the day when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

EarthPLAY is grounded in Article 31 of the convention – a child’s right to play. On UNICEF’s Index of Child Wellbeing and Sustainability, Canada ranks 29th in the world when children and youth are asked how happy they are. Our EarthPLAY programs are part of an emerging movement across Canada to help improve our children's happiness.

Give now to help us bring EarthPLAY to more Canadian kids in 2018.
 
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