Earth Day 2020 Update for Windsor-Essex County

Unfortunately in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are several events that are cancelled this year in Windsor-Essex focused on celebrating Earth Month in different ways.

The Earth Day community tree planting in east Windsor is cancelled in April and is expected to be rescheduled to October 2020. In addition, the annual Earth Day celebration at Malden Park is cancelled. Organizations involved in both of these events are working to create some online content to celebrate Earth Month virtually and continue the celebrations virtually and keep us focused on the environment during this time.  

As more online content develops, the DRCC will post it here to this page. Initiatives available are listed below.

Earth Day Student Contest

Looking for something meaningful to do while the kids are home from school? Tell us how you are taking action on climate change! Individual actions for the environment can create ripple effects that inspire and motivate others. Whether it is spreading the word on social media or creating a poster to hang, we want to know how you are making a difference. Students can submit illustrations, essays, poems or photos. There are cool prizes to be won! The deadline to submit is extended until fall 2020. Guidelines and how to submit can be found here.

eEarth Day Call to Action

This is a virtual initiative, run by the Detroit River Coalition, that asks volunteers pledge to replace one single-use item that they frequently use with a reusable alternative, then share their promise online. The idea is that we exhibit how small acts by many TOGETHER can have huge environmental impact.  The pledge is hosted through the Detroit River Coalition, and we invite you to:

 1) Take the pledge online

2) Share their promise to the environment on social media via photos or videos (tag @DetroitRiverCoalition or @DetRivCoalition and use the hashtag #eEarthDay

3) In honor of Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary (April 22) and in an effort to show how small acts by many TOGETHER can have huge environmental impact, encourage friends and family to join you in taking the pledge.  

You can find all of the information needed on our website, including a direct link to the pledge form.

What is the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup?

One of the most common questions we get while at outreach events is “What is the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup?” We’ve developed a new brochure that helps answer this question. Learn more about us here!

A Plastic Ocean

Did you know that every item of plastic that has ever been created is still on the planet today? 

Join the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup for a free screening of A PLASTIC OCEAN.poster

The screening will take place at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave W, Windsor, ON. Doors will open at 6pm, film begins at 6:30pm and a panel discussion will follow. 

Plastic Ocean is an award-winning feature length documentary brought to you by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists, that explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle.

A Plastic Ocean documents the global effects of plastic pollution and highlights workable technologies and innovative solutions that everyone – from governments to individuals – can do, to create a cleaner and greener ocean. Sir David Attenborough calls a Plastic Ocean “One of the most important films of our time.”


Event Details

Film starts at 6:30 pm, doors open at 6 pm at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave. W., Windsor. ADMISSION IS FREE BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Jacqueline Serran,, 519-776-5209 ext 356

Do I have to bring a ticket to the event?

No  – we’ll have a registration list in the lobby of the theatre to check you in when you arrive!

What if I reserve tickets but end up not being able to attend?

If your plans change and you’re unable to attend, please let us know by emailing or calling as soon as possible so that we can offer the tickets to others. THIS IS A SOLD OUT EVENT EVERY YEAR – but, unfortunately, seats go empty because of ‘no shows’. Please be considerate of those on the wait list and cancel your registration!

Where do I park?
Parking is available around the Capitol Theatre in the below locations (Capitol Theatre demarcated in red box on map)

Shiver on the River 2020

Friends of the Detroit River is excited to announce our annual ecological family fair on Saturday February 1 2020 from 10am to 3pm! Shiver on the River will have a variety of exhibits, displays, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Detroit Audubon will be doing a bird walk at 9 am, so be sure to get here early. The fair will take place in the Belle Isle Casino at 1 Casino Way, Detroit, Michigan 48207. We look forward to seeing you!



Get Involved!

From tree plantings and clean ups, to advocacy and education programs, CLICK HERE to find out how you can be involved with protecting and enhancing the Detroit River.