Earth Day Canada celebrates its 20th anniversary
Apr 13, 2010 Kelly McMath
Twenty years ago, Canada began celebrating Earth Day. Today more than six million Canadians participate in Earth Day events.
So many events are held across the country that April is now known as “Earth Month.” When Canada celebrated its first Earth Day in 1990, the most publicized environmental issues included:
- Global warming
- Ozone depletion
- Air quality issues
- Ocean pollution
- Waste management
Everyone can make a difference. Earth Day provides the opportunity for positive actions and results.
Ideas for taking action on Earth DayTo help make a positive difference in the fight against climate change, consider taking action on Earth Day.
- Spearhead or participate in a neighborhood clean-up.
- Instead of driving, walk, ride a bike, or take public transit.
- Eat meat-free for Earth Day. Reducing the amount of meat consumed by North American families can help diminish the methane gas emissions associated with domestic livestock farming. Methane gas is the third-highest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
- Reduce power consumption for the day. Try to use as few electronic devices as possible, turn off lights when not in use, and hang clothes outside to air dry.
- Get involved in a tree planting. Trees offer shade, improve air quality and offer a natural habitat for local wildlife.
- Host an Earth Day event and teach adults and children different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle items from their homes.
Earth Day Canada’s Top Ten Actions to help the environmentMake a greater effort in helping the environment with these lifestyle changes suggested by Earth Day Canada:
“Helping you become Energy Efficient”