|April 14, 2006
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. Hundreds of trained CAW members talk to 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
In 1990, two million Canadians joined 200 million people in 141 nations in celebrating the first International Earth Day. In many
countries, the global event brought pressure on heads of state to take part in the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to address
issues such as climate change and the world wide loss of species.
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 (30,000 participants), which is 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.