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Earth Day: Rainbow Schools challenged to make a difference April 22nd

In The Lorax, Dr. Seuss proudly proclaims: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Thursday, April 22, 2021 is Earth Day, an opportunity for staff and students in Rainbow Schools to show they care by honouring this year’s theme “Restore our Earth”.

In Indigenous culture, the month of April represents Ziisbaakdoke Giizis – Maple Syrup Moon – also known as N’mebine Giizis – Sucker Moon. The month is a time to learn about N’mebine – the Sucker Fish – which naturally cleanses its own habitat. And as humans, we are also reminded to clean and care for the environments in which we live, work and play.

“In Rainbow Schools, we foster a culture of conservation, by encouraging eco-friendly practices and developing global citizens who care about the world in which they live,” says Director of Education Norm Blaseg. “Earth Day is an annual reminder to reflect on how our personal and collective behaviours affect the environment each and every day.”

For Earth Day, students will be challenged to take an online carbon footprint quiz to determine their carbon offsetting. They will also discuss big ideas. How are we impacting the Earth? What are we doing in our daily lives to affect our planet? How can we prevent further damage to the Earth? How can we slow down climate change to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations?

Honouring Shkagamikwe – Mother Earth – may include yard clean-ups or planting wildflower seeds, particularly pollinator flowers, which are great for aamook – or bees. Students will also research Indigenous Creation stories, Indigenous terms and language, and other ways in which First Nation people honour Shkagamikwe.

The Board’s Environmental Committee issues monthly challenges throughout the year.

What will next month’s challenge be?

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Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor
Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171 ext. 7217