Considered the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. Today, the global holiday still raises awareness of the risk environmental degradation poses to humans and wildlife. Organized by the Earth Day Network, the holiday is currently the world's largest participatory environmental movement.
Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States, following bipartisan political support for the establishment of the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, followed a few years later by further legislative actions combating air and water pollution. In 1990, Earth Day became an international holiday and in Quebec, major Earth Day awareness and volunteer efforts for Canada were launched five years later. Since 2015, French and Canadian organizers have partnered to garner major support for Earth Day initiatives across the French speaking world.
Here’s where Earth Day will be celebrated across the globe this year and how you can take part.
Earth Day in Tokyo
is a multi-day festival held on April 15 and 16 in Yoyogi Park Events Square, a popular green space with towering trees, surrounded by the city. The fun continues in Miyashita Park on April 22 and 23. Learn about the environmental missions of Tokyo non-profits, buy from eco-friendly businesses, and enjoy art, music, and vegetarian eats at the Earth Day Kitchen Zone.
On April 21st, the day before Earth Day, Allianz Global Assistance will host a community cleanup in Cambridge to tackle the waste revealed after the winter melt. Garbage, particularly plastic, poses a huge danger to wildlife and pollutes our waterways and oceans. The cleanup is part of a commitment to sustainability by Allianz Global Assistance. We are proud to power our operations with 89 percent of electricity from renewable sources.
To learn about the importance of environmental protection, visit Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, the regional museum of southern Alberta, for the lecture “Earth Day and Indigenous History: Water is Life.”
Check out EarthDay.ca to read more about Earth Day and events taking place throughout Canada.