Media Advisory


Washington, D.C – 4/5/17 Earth Day Network kicked off preparations for its annual Climate Education Week today with release of its Climate Education Week Toolkit, disseminated online and available for free use by primary and secondary educators . The goal of the Toolkit is to connect Earth Day Network with the vast majority of our nation’s 50 million K-12 students and their teachers, and advance the organization’s goal of universal environmental education. Climate Education week takes on special significance in 2017, as Earth Day Network’s theme for the year is environmental and climate education. The Climate Education Week Toolkit provides K-12 educators with a ready-to-go resource that helps teachers incorporate climate and environmental curricula into their lesson plans year-round and especially during Climate Education Week, April 22-28, 2017. The cross-disciplinary resource includes a range of lesson plans, hands-on activities,  films, and much more that will engage students and promote fluency in local and global  environmental issues. Specific topics such as climate change, air pollution, environmental justice, alternative energy, recycling, green jobs and civic participation help prepare students to tackle the unprecedented challenges of climate change. The Climate Education Week Toolkit is available to the general public, too. Building on the teach-in concept deployed for the very first Earth Day in 1970, Earth Day Network distributes the toolkit to support knowledge sharing, community engagement, and citizen stewardship and encourages its use by learners of all ages. Download the Climate Education Week Toolkit at The 2017 Climate Education Week Toolkit was produced with underwriting support from Connect4Climate, Toyota, and Schnitzer Steel. ABOUT EARTH DAY NETWORK: The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN), the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, works with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to build environmental democracy and to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. For more information, visit ###