Few events around the world have reached as many people, internationally, as Earth Day has. It originated in 1970, in the United States and is now recognized as the origin of the Environmental movement. Every April 22nd, approximately 1 billion people from over 170 countries take part in projects and events that make change or raise awareness regarding our environment. To read more about the history of Earth day, click here.
Here in Canada, about 6 million people take part in the event every year, that’s about 1/6th of the population of the country. There are hundreds of ways in which you can do your part, whether it’s taking your bike instead of driving, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, not letting the water run while you brush your teeth, or starting a compost system within your household. Make sure to check out Give It Up for Earth, Earth Day 2011: A Billion Acts of Green, People’s Assembly on Climate Justice, Green Tech Computer Toss and EarthRun for further inspiration. If you ever felt like you might want a bit of a push in order to start living a greener lifestyle, don’t miss out on the opportunity of joining a world movement and start on Earth Day.
You might also want to see what other people are doing to help out, such as our current Campaign Hero, Ric O’Barry, with Save Japan Dolphins.