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April 21, 2008
April 22 is Earth Day
Celebrated every April 22nd, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide.  In Canada,
more than 6 million Canadians join 500 million people in over 180 countries in staging events and projects to
address local environmental issues.  Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity.  

The CAW is very active in Earth Day, Earth Week and Earth Month projects.  Many trained CAW members meet and
talk with elementary and secondary students across Canada, focusing presentations on the many innovative ways
workers, community advocates, environmentalists, enlightened entrepreneurs and governments are making a
world of difference for this planet and all who inhabit it.  Students learn about the contributions each of us as
individuals can make.  Healthier choices regarding household cleaning products, transportation, energy use and
lawn care are just some of the ways we all can make a difference.

First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated as the
birth of the environmental movement.

In Canada, Earth Day has grown into Earth Week and even Earth Month to accommodate the profusion of events
and projects.  They range from large public events such as Edmonton’s Earth Day Festival at Hawrelak Park, which
has had 30,000 participants - the largest Earth Day festival in Canada - or Victoria, B.C.’s Earth Walk (5,000 participants), Oakville, Ontario’s Waterways Clean-
up (2,000 participants) and thousands of other events staged by schools, unions, employee and community groups.
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