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Mappy 50th Earth Day! Share your favourite place in Canada

Mappy 50th Earth Day! Share your love for the earth and Canada by adding your favourite Canadian place to the Canada Shares map. Read this blog post to find out how!

In these days of self-isolation and physical distancing, it’s important for us to continue to connect with one another in some way. With this in mind and in honour of Earth Day’s 50th year, we have put together the Canada Shares app where you can share your favourite place in Canada with others.

Earth Day is around the corner! Annually it is celebrated on April 22nd.

We want Canadians to fill the map with locations all over the country that they connect with.

Share your favourite place in Canada with us.

Don’t forget to come back and explore what you and your fellow Canadians have shared.

Looking for resources that highlight Earth Day themes that you can try at home? Check out the following activities and story maps:


Active Transportation: A Cycling Tale of Two Cities
The purpose of this activity is to examine the cycling infrastructure that currently exists in two of Canada's largest cities - Toronto and Vancouver.

Energy Production in Canada
In this activity, you will learn about Canada’s energy story by exploring where, how, and why different types of energy are produced in Canada. You will learn about Canada’s power generation stations, oil refineries, wind farms, and more.

Canada's Atlantic Ocean & Fisheries
In this activity, you will explore the Atlantic Ocean, collapse of the Atlantic cod, current state of Atlantic fisheries and sustainable management practices.

Learn about the pressures on Atlantic fisheries in the Canada's Atlantic Ocean & Fisheries story map.

The Arctic Ocean
In this activity, you will explore the Arctic Ocean, the importance of Arctic sea ice and how the Earth's changing climate impacts both Arctic and global systems.

Toronto’s Urban Forest
In this activity, you will learn about Toronto's urban forest, and you can add information about your community trees to a public web map.

Story Maps

Atlas for a Changing Planet
Understanding natural and human systems is an essential first step toward reducing the severity of climate change and adapting to a warmer future.

A World of Waste
In this story map, explore the places where garbage collected by humans ends up in the world.

Learn more about how we manage our solid waste by exploring the story map, A World of Waste.

Climate Migrants
In this story map, you will explore how climate change is displacing thousands of people. There is little doubt that the coming decades will see a vast increase in the number of people forced from their homes by global warming.

The Cost of Beef
In this story map, you will discover how consuming meat comes at considerable cost to the environment and threatens our ability to feed the world's growing population.

Find out how global beef consumption is affecting the environment in The Cost of Beef story map.

We are Living in The Age of Humans
This story map presents a series of maps showing humankind's profound effects on Earth's natural systems.

Strange(r) Things Found on Canadian Shorelines
A story map of weird and wacky things found on shorelines by volunteers through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.

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About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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