Recommitting to Earth Day - April 22, 2009

April 21, 2009, 12:15 PM EST

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The Canadian Auto Workers union will celebrate its 10-year commitment to the environmental education of Canadian students by sharing newly-created electronic resources this Earth Day.

CAW President Ken Lewenza is inviting students and educators, their families and friends to download a resource booklet, poster, animated computer screensaver and computer wallpaper each based on the theme, "Close to home. We are what we buy." Each also features a specially-commissioned illustration by renowned Canadian artist Phillipe Beha.

"There is much we can do to improve our consumer choices at home, at school, in our workplaces and in our communities. When we do, we will also discover these same solutions go a long way towards resolving significant societal challenges like global warming, the growing garbage problem, toxic pollution and job loss," says Lewenza.

Together with the Workers Health & Safety Centre in Toronto, the CAW has been bringing a unique Earth Day message grounded in their central goal of 'green jobs for a clean planet' to elementary and secondary students since 2000.

In years past, local CAW members delivered their message in person, with the national union funding tens of thousands of school presentations. Last year, this important program reached over 100,000 students.

Click here for Earth Day 2009 electronic resources.

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