April 17, 2010 — Every April 22nd, the world celebrates the birth of the environmental movement, or as we know it -- Earth Day! Watch the video to find out what others are doing to help out the planet.
It's the most celebrated environmental event in the entire world with over 1 billion participates. More than 6 million Canadians will be taking part in events and projects to address local environmental issues.
Canada is seriously committed to the Earth Day project, almost every school child across the country takes part in an environmental activity. Through these activities, kids have the chance to learn about the challenges plaguing our globe and what our daily actions can do to damage fragile ecosystems and wildlife.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
The initiative was first launched in the United States in 1970 and has become a powerful movement across the world, in terms of change. In fact, the event inspired US Congress to pass clean water and air acts and establish the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order to enforce protection laws pertaining to the environment.
The event has brought pressure for governments to take part in the UN Earth Summit and address climate change issues. Earth Day became so popular, it spawned bigger projects including Earth Week and Earth Month. These have really allowed people to commit to longer environmental projects
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
There are many ways you can help out on Earth Day and throughout the rest of the year. Here are the top 10 actions you can do as listed by Earth Day Canada
And if you're doing something for Earth Day we'd love to see it! Upload your pictures and videos to our Your Weather Gallery. You can find it under the Related Links section at the top of this page.