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2024 DateApril 22, 2024
2025 DateApril 22, 2025

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Earth Day History

Earth Day seeks to raise awareness about the pressing issues affecting our planet. Its core objective is to foster an appreciation for the earth's environment and to encourage the global community to take steps towards its preservation. The observance specifically concerns improving public awareness about issues like pollution, deforestation, climate change, and the depletion of non-renewable resources. The day provides an opportunity for individuals, communities, and states to engage in conversations that foster a sustainable future and prompt collective action for environmental protection.

Earth Day had its origins in the United States in 1970 but was quickly adopted in Canada, where it gained momentum and public support. For Canadians, Earth Day holds significant relevance given the country's vast natural landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and strong national commitment to environmental conservation. Over the years, Canadians have been active participants in Earth Day observance, using it as a platform to highlight local issues such as climate change impacts, endangered local species, and resource management strategies.

Canadians observe Earth Day in various ways. From participating in local clean-up activities to organizing educational forums on environmental preservation, Canadians come together to champion environmental advocacy. Educational institutions and environmental organizations run awareness campaigns, host special events, and participate in habitat restoration projects. Some communities even extend their activities to a full Earth Week, expanding the scope of initiatives beyond a single day. Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22, reinforcing the nation’s dedication to championing environmental issues.

Facts about Earth Day

  • The theme for Earth Day in 2024 was Planet vs. Plastics. The theme in 2023 was Invest in Our Planet.
  • During the 2015 UN Conference in Paris, France, participating nations concurred on the need for action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The countries cooperatively pledged to keep global temperature rise below 2C (3.6F). In celebration of Earth Day 2016 on April 22nd, the landmark agreement that testifies to this global commitment was signed at the UN Headquarters in New York by 175 participating nations. The history of Earth Day 2017 dates back to 1970 when it was first celebrated in 1970. It was founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson to promote ecology and the respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water, and soil pollution.
  • Canada was the first country to mark Earth Day as a nationwide event in 1980.
  • Canada has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and Earth Day is a reminder of the importance of taking action to protect our planet.

Top things to do in Canada for Earth Day

  • Try not to use your car for the entire day. Instead, use public transit, walk, or ride your bicycle.
  • Change your traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy saving LED or CFL light bulbs.
  • Visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden - Located in Vancouver, this garden often hosts special Earth Day activities, including educational programs and plant sales.
  • Attend Edmonton's Earth Day Festival: This family-friendly event usually features environmental education, live entertainment, food vendors, and children's activities all focused on sustainable living.

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