Global Recycling Day in Canada

The EdCan Network is proud to lead Canada’s presence for Global Recycling Day, which will be held on March 18th, 2020 when the world comes together to put the planet first. Students, educators and their school communities across the province will help recognize and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources.

What is Global Recycling Day?

Sparked by Ontario’s Environment Plan which called for “an official day focused on cleanup of litter in Ontario, coordinated with schools, municipalities and business, to raise awareness about the impacts of waste in our neighbourhoods, in our waterways and in our green spaces”; the EdCan Network has responded by proposing and championing the creation of a Global Recycling Day in Canada.

Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 by the Bureau of International Recycling to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in the sustainable future of our planet. In September of 2018, the Bureau of International Recycling and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization joined forces to have Global Recycling Day recognised as an official United Nations day. Yet, as of 2019, this important day goes unobserved in Canada.

Inspired by these developments, the EdCan Network is looking at championing and promoting the day in Ontario and the rest of Canada to bring media awareness, community education, bring attention to the sustainability efforts made by public schools in Canada, and to shine a spotlight on the career pathways that make a difference in the fight against resource depletion and climate change.

What will EdCan do to promote the Day?

The EdCan Network will focus on the broader environmental issues through a special March 2020 theme issue of Education Canada Magazine entitled “The Greening of Schools”. This issue will look at environmental education and leadership around greener schools design and practice, including how climate change is being taught. This will also represent an opportunity to showcase Indigenous education programs that are teaching traditional connections to and on the land. The issue will also examine and spotlight emerging career pathways in the sector, especially in the skilled trades.

EdCan will also sustain a national conversation on the Day through timely and informative podcasts, videos, fact sheets, activities, and lesson plans.

It’s clear that Canadians want to see substantial action on climate change – especially youth in the K-12 education system. 

It’s time to go green on education.


Future Thinking Podcast

As natural resources run out the commercial opportunities of waste as a readily-available alternative are being unlocked by innovative businesses like Lylie’s, which creates fine jewellery out of gold salvaged from e-waste. Christian Ward talks to founder Eliza Walter and Stylus contributing editor Sioban Imms about the realities of creating covetable products with a conscience, making things to be un-made and responsibility as an expectation.


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