5 books for Earth Day!

Footprints, Orca Footprints, Earth Day, Smart Reading, Environmentalism, Make a differece, what matters, nonfiction, fiction, picture book

Happy Earth Day, readers! Every little thing matters (as we learn in the playful picture book featured below). So let’s get into the green, planet-saving mode with some of our favorite earth-related books!   1. What Matters by Alison Hughes and Illustrated by Holly Hatam What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we […]






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World Water Day

Every Last Drop by Michelle Mulder

      By 2040, as a result of climate change, one in four children will have extremely limited access to water. On World Water Day, it’s important to learn about water, the challenges we currently face with it and what we need to change for the future. Climate change is a big topic to cover with your kids. To help, we have some books to help introduce it, and to help you talk about it. Every Last Drop Michelle Mulder In the developed world, if you want a drink of water you just turn […]






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We’re Dreaming of Salamanders and Summer

Salamander Rescue by Pamela McDowell and illustrated by Kasia Charko

Winter seems to be sticking around–here on the West Coast we’re up to our ankles in snow (something we’re not used to!). So we’re turning to books about summer to remind us that the cold will end soon.   We’ve got Pamela McDowell‘s Salamander Rescue open right now, reading about Cricket McKay and her animal-saving, environmental-friendly initiatives. Cricket has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at […]






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9 Ways to Reduce Garbage in the Classroom

Trash Talk by Michelle Mulder

In our last teacher feature, we discussed the benefits of non-academic goals, and we suggested a zero-waste classroom as an option. For this month’s #GreenTeacher article, we have ideas for creating a zero-waste classroom, just in time for the new school year. Talking about garbage is one of the best ways to start a conversation about the environment. For one thing, garbage is ugly and unsightly; it’s easy to make an argument that reducing garbage is a good way to go. And garbage contributes to the larger environmental issues we face. Did you know that […]






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Happy Earth Day!

Generation Us

On April 22nd, countries all around the world celebrate Earth Day as a time to promote greener living and stand up for our environment. Here’s some information from the official Earth Day Network website: “Today is finally Earth Day! Today, over one billion people in 192 countries—from Zimbabwe to Albania to Indonesia—take action to protect the planet. They organize demonstrations, contact their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their communities, demand renewable energy targets, and much more. This year’s theme is Green Cities.” – See more at: http://www.earthday.org/blog/2014/04/22/its-earth-day#sthash.1CgdHGUs.dpuf Or visit the official Earth Day Canada […]






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Standing up for the Great Bear Rainforest

9781554693030

Are you concerned about the Enbridge proposal to build a crude oil pipeline from Alberta to the north coast of BC? Are you worried about the threat the pipeline poses to our rivers and salmon and that it would bring tankers to the Great Bear Rainforest? Now is the time to speak up and make your voice heard! Community hearings as part of the federal review of the Enbridge pipeline proposal will likely take place in January-March 2012. Caitlyn Vernon (author of Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest, Fall 2011) as part […]






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