In 2015, we set the ambitious goal of expanding our programs to every Province and into the Territories — and we did it. We delivered our School Outreach Program to more than 800 schools across the country. We strengthened our conservation partnerships, completing 4 ambitious projects and launching 4 more to help Canadian species at risk. We reached a record number of members, over 100,000 children who are more engaged than ever. And we have our generous members and supporters to thank, who made it all possible.
Aboriginal people have a close connection with nature, and have gained wisdom about animals and the environment that isn’t always available in a typical science textbook. We call this wisdom Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge, or ATK. ATK has played an important role in Canadian conservation, and is passed down from one generation to the next through storytelling, singing, and even arts and crafts.
Earth Rangers is encouraging our young members to learn about and continue the tradition of storytelling by participating in our newest Mission, ATK in Action. To participate, members connect with an elder in their life and ask to hear a story about an experience they had in nature. They then create a piece of art using traditional aboriginal animal symbols to represent the story’s theme. When they’re finished, members can enter the ATK in Action Art Contest.
Meet our esteemed Judging Panel!
Shane is Anishinaabe from Christian Island, Beausoleil First Nation, ON, located in the southern waters of Georgian Bay. He is 20 years old and loves working with the land, water and people. Currently, he is looking to study Environmental Science and Ethnobotany at Lakehead University.
Peigi is a Metis lawyer from Ontario. She has been a CIER board member since 2007. Peigi has worked for the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi, Kenya, and for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa. She currently splits her time between Ottawa and her home in Crow Lake, Ontario.
Paul is a member of Seneca Nation, Snipe Clan. He is the Wildlife Officer and Manager of the Six Nations Eco-centre, a position which he has held for over twenty years! He has a diploma in Fine Arts and Photography and loves to paint and take pictures in his spare time.
During the month of February, we challenged Earth Rangers Members to collect and recycle as many used batteries as they could find as part of our Battery Blitz Mission. Since the relaunch of Battery Blitz, over 3,500 members have already accepted the Mission, and shared hundreds of submissions and photos.
With the help of our dedicated members, over 94,150 batteries were recycled! Congratulations to the 12 winners of the Battery Blitz Contest!
In January 2015, we launched our first ever school-wide mission, delivered in collaboration with Call2Recycle. Over 75 schools in Manitoba, British Columbia and Ontario experienced our inspirational School Assembly Program and were then challenged to collect as many batteries as possible and bring them to school over a two week period.
The Battery Blitz School in school Mission was a huge success! Over 30,000 students learned about the detrimental environmental impacts of batteries when they end up in landfills and what they can do to help. The true spirit of competition emerged between schools to recycle as many batteries as they could, and the results were inspiring! The schools came together and collected almost 9000KG of batteries.
Thanks to the contribution of Call2Recycle, over 9,000 students from the GTA, Abbotsford, Burnaby, Surrey, Vancouver, Brandon, Portage La Prairie, and Winnipeg, joined the Earth Rangers Membership Program and are now engaging, with their families, in Earth Rangers ongoing education and conservation activities at home.