Windsor – Essex April is Earth Month, and as we all adhere to public health regulations, Essex Region Conservation has launched a virtual means of helping the community celebrate. Earth-E Month will include new interactive, educational and informative content which will be added daily through April, covering a wide range of environmental topics, including ‘Living Lunch and Learns’, family outdoor activities, spring tree identification and more.
“The month of April is usually dedicated to hosting Earth Day events, educational programs and celebrations of stewardship,” says Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Communications & Outreach. “We want to ensure that people of all ages can still celebrate and take action for our environment while remaining safe at home.”
This year marks 50 years since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. Since then, Earth Day has increased public awareness on many topics, including pollution, climate change and endangered species, and has transformed into a global day of significant importance to recognize and call attention to environmental causes and issues. In fact, for the past decade or more, April has been recognized as Earth Month.
One of the local highlights for the past 21 years has included the Earth Day Community Tree Planting, which this year, has been postponed until fall, thanks to the support of lead tree sponsor Enwin, and supporting partners the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and the Windsor Essex County Environment Committee.
However, ERCA will still be accepting entries from students for its annual Earth Day Student Contest, where students submit art, poems or essays aligned with Earth Day’s 2020 theme of climate change. “The Earth Day Student Contest is a great way that young people can still make a difference. It also provides an opportunity for self-directed learning while students are schooling at home in April,” adds Breault Stuebing
Students can submit illustrations, essays, poems or photos online firstname.lastname@example.org mentioning Earth Day Student Contest in the subject line. A full description of contest rules and ERCA’s Earth Day activities can be found online at https://essexregionconservation.ca/education-events/earth-e-month-2020/. Winners will be announced at the rescheduled fall Earth Day Tree Planting Celebration.
For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.
Danielle Breault Stuebing
Director of Community Outreach Services