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EcoAction’s new comprehensive household
conservation calculator

ecoaction calculator

Earth Day Canada’s EcoAction Teams program just launched our newly redesigned website and calculator! This environmental savings calculator provides you with simple steps you can take to reduce your impact on the planet while showing you the measurable results of your actions. Here’s what one user had to say:

I always wanted to make a difference and help the environment but I never knew where to start since it always seemed like such an overwhelming process. So I began with my own life and figured that if I made small changes to my actions and habits then perhaps I could make a difference. Then I thought that if I encouraged my friends and family to also make these small changes, eventually a measurable impact would be made.
The EcoAction Teams calculator is the perfect tool and it just happens to be geared to me, an average person who wants to make easy yet meaningful changes in my life. It measures my actions and lets me see what impacts I am making in terms of waste, energy, and water reduction as well as the money I save.

Laurie, Orillia, Ontario

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Canadian celebrity photo shoots–Canon’s partnership
with Earth Day Canada


Earth Day Canada has joined forces with Canon Canada to stage the fourth annual Other Side of the Lens charitable photo exhibit “Red, white and green–what the environment means to Canadians”.

With over a dozen Canadian celebrities from the worlds of fashion, sport, music, film, arts and literature taking part, this promises to be an exciting exhibit. Here’s how the program works.

Each Canadian celebrity will be given an automatic Canon digital camera, photo printer and memory card in January 2008. From January until mid March they’ll take photos that show what the environment means to them and then send six to 10 images to us before April 1. On April 22, 2008 (Earth Day), Earth Day Canada and Canon Canada will post the pictures on their websites and host a media event promoting the exhibit. Canon Canada will then make a charitable donation on behalf of the participants to Earth Day Canada.

For more information, contact or call 416 599-1991 x 107.

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How about a green and white Christmas?
We’re all aware of the vast amount of garbage that’s created at Christmas time; the gift wrapping, ribbons, bags, cards, trees and much more. And of course, we all want to have a good time because it is the ‘season to be jolly’. So with this in mind, here are a few ways to make your holiday season festive and environmentally responsible at the same time.
  • Bring reusable shopping bags to the store when you go Christmas shopping.
  • Save gift wrap, bags, bows and ribbons for future use, heck even reuse the tissue paper.
  • Get creative with your wrapping ideas. Use bigger gifts as the wrapping for smaller gifts. You can also use magazine pages or your kids's colouring book pages as wrapping.
  • Don’t buy Christmas gifts that are over-packaged, especially with plastic.
  • Only turn on your Christmas lights for a couple hours each day and be sure to turn them off overnight.
  • Purchase LED Christmas lights which last longer and use 80-90% less energy.
  • If you do buy real trees, make sure to recycle them after use at a local recycling depot where they will be turned into mulch.
  • Try to use real dishes and glasses for your holiday parties and make sure to wash them in the dishwasher only when it is full. (Or you can sucker family and friends into helping with the clean–up; often they are more than willing.)
  • If you buy gifts that require batteries, make sure they can use rechargeable batteries.

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ecoMentors in action
Fall Conference and Training Session
New ecoMentors work on improvised presentation skills.

On Oct. 20th, 2007, the ecoMentors program held their first annual Fall Conference and Training Session. Thirty ecoMentors, including six super-enthusiastic returning ecoMentors, came out to learn more about the program, listen to special guest, Stephanie Hawkins, of Nunavut Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, speak on climate change and Canada’s Arctic, and learn how to become better facilitators and environmental educators.

Victoria, a returning ecoMentor, was thrilled with the session. “I originally joined ecoMentors to do what I thought was most important: spreading awareness about the environment to our youth,” said Victoria. “This resulted from my concern about the planet and an interest in children. Those reasons, along with an acquired confidence for presentation, are why I continue to be an ecoMentor today.”

If you or any youth you know want to become trained as community environmental educators, please contact the ecoMentors office at

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EcoKids launches new website

Earth Day Canada has been providing fun, interactive and innovative environmental education material to kids and teachers through the EcoKids website since 1997. In an effort to improve the way we deliver our materials, we decided it was time for to be reorganized and have a new look.

Thanks to some great feedback from our EcoKids Club Supervisors, we’ve now re-organized our content so teachers and kids have their own sections and can easily find what they’re looking for. Be sure to check out the new stuff online, including the latest Club Homepage additions, and our newest resource for teachers — ready–to–use, curriculum–linked ESL lesson plans, which are FREE and available online to everyone.

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Ecokids ESL lesson plans first for environmental sector
ESL Lesson Plans

EcoKids staff conduct classroom visits every year as part of our program development. These visits help us stay current with what is happening in Canadian classrooms and allow us to see the struggles that teachers face as environmental educators.

During one of our visits, we noticed how a student was excluded from an environmental lesson because they had English as a second language. After doing some research and receiving feedback from our Teachers Advisory Committee, Earth Day Canada realized there was a great need for ESL Environmental Education material.

In response to this need, EcoKids has created a first for the environmental sector—new ESL lesson plans that incorporate key connections between ESL and Environmental Education, making them compatible for a combined teaching and learning approach. The goal in creating the lesson plans was to ensure inclusion of all students in environmental learning.

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Scholarships available at
2005 Toronto Earth Day Scholarship Program winner - Tania Chang
Tania Chang, 2005 Ontario
Region winner.

From St. John’s, NL to Tofino, BC, high school students are making a difference in their communities. Long after Earth Day, these students are busy greening their schools and city councils, naturalizing our public spaces and starting the environmental clubs and networks that ensure this valuable work is continued far into the future.

The 2008 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program offers 15 scholarships of $5 000 each to high school students entering their first year of college or university. Active students from all walks of life, regardless of their preferred program of study, are encouraged to apply.

“The Toyota Earth Day Scholarship was important for me, not only financially, but also as a form of recognition for what I have accomplished thus far,” states Tania Chang, 2005 Ontario Region winner. “Prior to being awarded the scholarship, I was unsure whether I was going to pursue further studies in the environmental field, but being recognized by winning the scholarship gave me a sense of affirmation and contributed to my conviction in what I truly felt passionate about.”

Visit for more information or to download the application. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2008.

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Be part of our EE/ESL working group

We are looking for teachers and educators who are interested in forming an ESL/EE working group. One of the goals of the group is to raise awareness around the lack of environmental education and ESL programming in Canada. If you have English-as-a-Second Language or environmental education teaching experience, and are interested in participating in this group, please email

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Earth Day gear... for the whole year!
2008 Earth Day calendar

Create your own personalized 2008 Earth Day calendar or purchase a gift card that allows your friend or family member to craft one themselves. Choose from nearly 50 gorgeous environmental images or upload your own. Customize the calendar with dates that are important to you.

Calendars come in CD or wall sizes and are delivered to your door in just 10 business days. Start building your calendar today. All proceeds support Earth Day Canada.



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Fast Facts
  1. Ten seconds of idling your vehicle consumes more energy and gas than is used to restart the vehicle.
  2. A cigarette butt takes one to 12 years to decompose.
  3. If all of Earth's water were stored in a five-litre container, available fresh water for human consumption would not quite fill a teaspoon. (Environment Canada)

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Support Earth Day Canada
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As Earth Day Canada looks toward the beginning of another important year of truly innovative approaches to conservation across Canada, we hope you will consider making a gift in support of our work. A gift from you of $25, $50, or more will help make this possible. A tax receipt will be issued for each donation.

To donate online, visit Earth Day Canada’s website.

You can also mail a cheque to Earth Day Canada:

   111 Peter St., Suite 503
   Toronto, ON, M5V 2H1
   Attention: Jed Goldberg, President, Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada is a registered adherent to Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code. Earth Day Canada is a registered charity (#13195 1378 RR0001).

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Have a great holiday season everyone and see you in the New Year!

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