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Earth Day 2010

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

  • SMART SHOPPING: Buy what you need, not what you want. Consider renting and borrowing things and shop in second-hand stores.
  • SIMPLE SAVERS: Replace incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs.
  • TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES: Walk, run, cycle, car pool and/or use public transit. When driving reduce idling. And consider a car sharing program or renting a vehicle
  • FOOD CHOICES: Choose locally grown products that are in season and support local farmer. Try and eat less meat.
  • WASHING AND DRYING: Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to dry.
  • HEATING AND COOLING: For summer air conditioning, set your thermostat to 24 to 25 degrees. For winter heating, set to 20 degrees. Install fans where possible.
  • CLOSE TO HOME: Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible.
  • BATHROOM BASICS: Take showers insteads of baths and close taps while brushing your teeth.
  • CAREFUL CLEANING: Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products.
  • DON'T DISCARD: Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the trash. Harmful chemicals should be taken to hazardous waste depots.

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.

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