Why celebrate Earth Day?

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Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22 and it gets bigger every year. It started out in 1970 by a group of environmental activists who got together to come up with a way to promote peaceful and fun activities to build support for environmental reform. Hence, Earth Day was born. Today, it’s a global event celebrated in 193 countries in thousands of cities across the world.

Here in Canada, Earth Day began an annual event in 1990. It’s one of the largest environmental events in the world. It’s a creative and fun way to protect the planet we live on and spread awareness about environmental concerns.

One of these concerns is global warming. There is plenty of research documenting extreme weather, record temperatures, retreating glaciers and rising sea levels all across the world. In fact, global temperatures have increased by .7 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years.

A scientific panel that works for the United Nations representing 2,500 scientists from more than 130 countries concluded most of the warming over the past 50 years comes from human activities, such as pollution. Over a 10-year period, 928 articles were published in peer-reviewed journals on climate change and they all concluded climate change is real and it’s caused by human behavior.

An organization who helps celebrate this special event is Earth Day Canada. They are a non-profit organization who helps foster activities for nearly six million Canadians throughout the country. They partner with and support hundreds of organizations nationwide to motivate Canadians to help protect the earth. They have many free programs that educate and inspire Canadians, especially young people, to help find fun and creative ways to protect the ecological health of our planet.

We only have one planet. And we need to protect it. For more information about Earth Day, please visit their website at http://www.earthday.ca/


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