Celebrating 50 Years of Earth Day!


This year, April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day celebrated by millions of people across the world. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, spearheaded by Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University student Denis Hayes, involved 20 million participants in teach-ins that addressed decades of environmental pollution. The event inspired the US Congress to pass clean air and water acts, and establish the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor environmental issues and enforce environmental laws. Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement.

Since then, Earth Day has grown to include countries from all over the world working in support of environmental awareness and protection. 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 called 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.

Earth Day is a day of civic participation and action, and this year’s theme is Climate Action. The enormous challenges – but also the vast opportunities – of acting on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary year. This year’s Earth Day celebrations around the world encourages citizens to call for greater global momentum to tackle our climate-related challenges. 

This Earth Day, more than six million Canadians will join one billion people in more than 190 countries to participate in activities to protect the environment. You can celebrate Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebrations on Wednesday, April 22nd by joining one of these virtual Earth Day celebrations! 

  • EarthX 50th Earth Day Celebration- Wednesday, April 22nd from Noon to 7:30 pm  EarthX will mark the 50th Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd with a special address by Tia Nelson, daughter of Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. Michael Ulica, President of the National Geographic Society will also take the virtual stage along with some of National Geographic's most renowned explorers including Enric Sala and Sylvia Earle.

           Register at: https://earthx.org/50th-earth-day-celebration/

  • Earth Day Canada “What On Earth (Day) Is Going On?” – April 22, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, join Canadian Club Toronto on April 22nd for this free virtual event to discuss what a greener Toronto, and Canada, looks like, how we can continue to build on current progress, and develop actionable change for the future. This expert panel will be moderated by Dr. Dan Riskin, former host of the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet and will feature speakers Thomas Mulcair, Dr. Christine Gabardo, Jennifer McKelvie and Christine Rhodes. 

           Register at: https://www.canadianclub.org/Events/EventDetails.aspx?id=3521

  • Understanding Community Generation In Alberta, April 22- 11:00 am- 12:00 pm 

            Join the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre and Pembina Institute for this webinar, on Earth Day, April 22, 2020.

            Discover more about renewable energy generation and how it builds energy resilience in municipalities across Alberta.

            Register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/understanding-community-generation-in-alberta-tickets-102116268508


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