Getting to grips with Earth Day and the issues it covers


Earth Day seeks to raise awareness of key issues that impact the planet and it represents a valuable opportunity for primary teachers and secondary teachers to discuss major topics in the classroom.

The Earth Day Network, which coordinates Earth Day globally, brands itself as the ‘world’s largest environmental movement’.

The network works with tens of thousands of partners worldwide to target environment campaigns and more than one billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year.

Now the network has said it wants this Earth Day, marked annually on 22 April, to be a “catalytic event” that unites people towards a common goal of bettering the world.

Of course, it’s important to note that the Earth Day Network works throughout the year to tackle climate change, plastic pollution and to protect endangered species via education and by raising awareness.

Major monuments, landmarks and important buildings also turn off their lights to show their support for Earth Day around the world.

Plastic pollution is seen as a major global problem and teachers can help to broaden horizons among their students, helping them to realise what their use of plastic is doing to the world around them.

Alongside ongoing efforts to regulate plastic pollution, the Earth Day Network is also working closely with schools and education facilities around the world to showcase the damage that plastic is doing to wildlife and the environment.

The impact of climate change is another factor that cannot be ignored and it’s another topic that teachers can embrace with a range of activities.

From looking into sustainable living and the choices that students make when purchasing goods, to encouraging debate surrounding the main issues – school staff can use Earth Day to encourage positive activities and ways of thinking.

Primary teachers may want to include into their lesson’s games related to recycling or other fun activities that will encourage their pupils to think about the environment.

Secondary teachers may wish to investigate the politics and global policies that relate to the environment, before questioning their use and effectiveness.

Either way, an abundance of activities and resources can be found online to make it possible.