This year, Earth Day is held on Thursday,
April 22. Earth Day increases Canadians' awareness of the
impact they have on the environment and all forms of life we
depend on for survival.
Canadians are encouraged to take positive
action to slow global warming:
Take a bus, ride a bike, or walk instead
Take hazardous household chemicals such as paint or oil to a
local waste depot instead of dumping it down the drain
Avoid using disposable products such as paper towels,
plastic cutlery and foam cups
Never throw out anything that can be recycled.
The idea for Earth Day started in 1962.
Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson was troubled that the
condition of the environment was not considered by government.
He persuaded President Kennedy to go on a national
In 1963, President Kennedy began a five-day
tour of eleven states. This was the very beginning of a
grassroots protest over what was happening to our
Today, Earth Day is the largest
environmental event. It is celebrated by over 6 million
Canadians and more than 500 million people in 184 countries
around the world. Canadians participate in a variety of
events: schools, community and youth groups, employee groups
and environmental groups. In 2002, 30,000 people participated
in Victoria's Earth Walk.
School children are the most active in Earth
Day activities. It is the third most important date on the
school calendar—after Christmas and Halloween.
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