Saturday, March 25 (8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time)
As Canadians, we choose a future where climate change is no longer a threat. Participating in World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour is a simple way to show you want to be a part of the solution, and it sends a powerful message that together we can make a difference. This year when people turn off their lights, we want them to take A Moment of Darkness: a moment of reflection, introspection; a moment to choose a future where climate change is no longer a threat.
Saturday, April 22
Sunday, April 16 to Saturday, April 22
In 2015, almost 19,000 students, community groups, homeowners and businesses ‘pitched-in’ by cleaning up parks, trails, school yards and open spaces.
Saturday, May 14
International Migratory Bird Day brings attention to bird migration and conservation. In 2017, the focus will be on the importance of stopover sites and bird habitats in the Americas. We recognize the capacity of citizens in every country to support programs and laws that protect birds and their habitats, including a landmark treaty that, for the last century, has protected nearly all migratory bird species in the U.S. and Canada: the Migratory Bird Treaty.
Monday, May 22
The aim is to bring awareness surrounding biodiversity issues, the variety of life on Earth. The theme this year is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. Why is it important? Biological diversity helps economic growth, food security, human health and water.
- Learn more about Biodiversity: The foundation for sustainable development.
- Read the Biodiversity supporting development fact sheet.
Monday, June 5
Canada will host World Environment Day in 2017! The theme last year was Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Trade in Wildlife. Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the Earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-products of economic growth.
Thursday, June 8
The theme this year is: Our Oceans, Our Future. Plastic is a serious problem in our oceans. It chokes and kills animals like sea turtles, whales and sea birds because animals think it is food. Let’s move towards a solution and reduce the amount of plastic we use and throw out. Start by replacing disposable plastic bags and bottles with reusable options, and avoid buying products that contain microbeads or plastic packaging.
Sunday, September 18 to Saturday, September 24
Last year’s theme was Wildfire in Canada. Fire has shaped Canada’s forests, prairies and parklands for countless generations, and brings healthy renewal to diverse ecosystems. But some fires can have a devastating impact on public safety and property. Use FireSmart principles to help protect your family and property from wildfire damage; play a role in control.
Wednesday, September 27
National Tree Day is a celebration and reminder to appreciate the benefits trees provide: clean air, wildlife habitat, reducing energy demand and connecting with nature.
Monday, October 16 to Sunday, October 22
It is waste reduction week and it is time to reduce, reuse and recycle! Challenge yourself to make environmentally conscious choices in your daily life.