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Ontario Students Celebrate Earth Week

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Ontario Students Celebrate Earth Week

McGuinty Government Increasing Students' Environmental Awareness

Ministry of Education

Schools across the province are participating in environmental activities to celebrate Earth Week. Ontario is encouraging students to use what they have learned about the environment and put it into action.

Climate change is a serious issue that impacts Ontarians and the world. By teaching more students about the environment, the province will be a healthier and cleaner place to live for future generations.

Ontario's environmental education initiatives are just one part of the government's plan to address climate change. Education initiatives include:

  • Piloting a Grade 11 environmental science course this semester at nine secondary schools across Ontario
  • Investing an additional $500,000 from the Ministry of Education and nearly $300,000 over three years through the Ministry of Environment's Community Go Green fund to support and enhance the Ontario EcoSchools program
  • Investing an additional $3 million this year to continue to implement the Bondar Report to ensure that environmental education is part of every child's learning.

Quick Facts

  • In 2006-07, 249 publicly funded Ontario schools were certified as EcoSchools.
  • Environmental concerns led to the creation of Earth Day more than 35 years ago.

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“Students now have more opportunities to learn about the environment and how they can make environmentally friendly choices in their everyday lives.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

“By teaching kids the importance of protecting the environment, we help them make it a priority throughout their lives. There is no better time to learn about how to keep water, land and air clean than at a young age.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment



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