This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, commemorated annually as Earth Day. Since 1970, billions of individuals from more than 190 countries worldwide have come together every April 22nd to take action towards a greener, more equitable future for our planet.
As the countdown to Earth Day 2023 closes, it is important to remember regardless of where you are or what you do, you have the power to yield real change and be a champion for Earth.
Earth Day Canada is inviting Canadians across the country to take action for a #BetterPlanet on April 22nd. This day of celebration, under the theme “Picture a better planet”, is an invitation to take action and support environmental organizations that work year-round for a better planet.
“On April 22nd, Earth Day is celebrated throughout Canada, from coast to coast. Citizens and municipalities are taking action across the country and are developing original initiatives to address environmental issues. Whether by participating in an activity in your community or by making a donation to an environmental organization, everyone can show their commitment to a better planet,” says Valérie Mallamo, executive director of Earth Day Canada.
Canadian municipalities are mobilizing
Local governments are key players in the fight against climate change. In 2023, more than 140 municipalities are joining the movement launched by Earth Day Canada. For this national campaign, in addition to being proactive throughout the year to create a healthier environment for their citizens, each participating municipality is organizing an activity on April 22nd.
Moreover, the Municipal Tree-Planting Relay continues for its 4th edition this year. Throughout the country, participating cities pledge to plant at least 50 trees in honor of Earth Day. This year, the District of Summerland in British Columbia is launching the celebrations with a ceremonial tree planting at Memorial Park.
“Initiatives are being deployed in cities across the country. Local communities are the driving force behind the ecological transition and we are delighted to see the commitment of a significant number of cities on this Earth Day,” says Thomas Mulcair, chairman of the Board of Directors of Earth Day Canada.
A full range of activities to picture a better planet
Earth Day is an opportunity to celebrate the planet through collective and individual action. Canadians are invited to join the campaign at eartdhay.ca/picture-a-better-planet. Everyone can find the action that suits them, whether by joining an activity in their neighborhood or making a donation to an organization that works for the planet.
Created in collaboration with the creative agency Sid Lee, the campaign highlights seven areas of environmental action to encourage as many people as possible to take action and support environmental organizations working for a better planet. On the website, Canadians are invited to choose from over a 100 environmental organizations which they can offer their support to. The hashtag #BetterPlanet will give visibility to those who are taking action for the planet on April 22nd.
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