Earth Day 2021

Post by Megan, Information Services Staff.

Last year, we challenged you to go green with 20 ideas to change your habits, find fresh ideas, or learn something new. The ideas are timeless and a great place to start your journey to greater environmental consciousness. Check them out at

This year, we’re inviting you to join us and other community groups for earth-focused programs. Topics include; climate change in the Region of Waterloo, the benefits of being outdoors, Indigenous Storytelling, and increasing eco-anxiety. Alternately, we’ve included some lists for you to borrow some environmental reads for all ages. 

Free, Online Programs

Climate Change in Waterloo Region – 85 Queen Lecture

Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 pm for Climate Change in Waterloo Region: What Should We Expect and What Do We Do About ItThis talk will be given by Dr. Chris Fletcher and Dr. Johanna Wandel who are both Associate Professors in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. 
Dr. Fletcher will explain why climate change is happening and what further changes we can expect in Canada in general, and Waterloo Region in particular, over the next 30-50 years. He will conclude by demonstrating why we urgently need to begin cutting carbon dioxide emissions, and when we might expect to see the benefit of those cuts. Dr. Wandel will give an introduction to national, provincial and regional emissions reduction targets and progress toward these targets. 

Healthy Tree, Healthy Me: Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Trees 

An image of the sun peaking through the trees in a forest

Reep Green Solutions will be with us virtually on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 pm for Healthy Tree, Healthy Me. You’ll learn about some of the scientific findings of the link between being in nature and mental health and do a deeper dive into the human-natural response to trees. We’ll also explore how these many mental health benefits can be had in your own backyard or balcony.  

Indigenous Storytelling Series 

This storytelling series is a time for listening, sharing, and connecting. Celebrate Indigenous culture and learn about the importance of land, and spirituality to First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples. This is an opportunity to understand more about the stewards of this land, their cultural beliefs, history, customs, rituals and ways of life. Watch the most recent episode: Spring Stories: Stories of Adventure & Tradition with Myeengun Henry or check out the full playlist

The Rise of Eco-anxiety in a Changing Climate 

Environment & Mental Health: The Rise of Eco-Anxiety in a Changing Climate. An event by Sustainable Waterloo Region on Thurs April 22 from 1:30-3:00 pm.

This event is hosted by Sustainable Waterloo Region. Join them on Thursday, April 22nd, 2021 for a [free] webinar that will explore the mental health impacts of climate change and eco-anxiety with Dr. Katie Hayes. There will be discussion on how we currently measure and monitor these impacts, which populations are most at risk, and the actions that we can all take to support our psychosocial adaptation to climate change.

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