April 19, 2009
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, Oakville, Ontario’s Waterways Clean-up and thousands of
other events staged by schools, unions, employee and community groups.