Environmental News – Earth Day 2015
The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. It was created by American Senator, Gaylord Nelson, to make people aware of the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. On that day, people made promises to help the environment and make positive changes in their community. Since then, more than 500 people in over 180 countries have participated in Earth Day activities!
Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day is the largest environmental event in the world. More than six million Canadians, including nearly every school-aged child, participated in an Earth Day activity in their community.
In 1992, EcoKids Canada’s original Earth Flag Campaign collected signatures from 500,000 people and the mosaic flag traveled to the Earth Summit in Rio, when the first international agreement on climate change was signed. Looking ahead to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year, Earth Day Canada’s 2015 goal is to collect one million signatures – especially those from children and youth, whose future depends on our collective action today!
This year, Rotherglen School participated in a variety of classroom activities on Earth Day, and, as a school initiative, we will be running a competition to design a 1 metre by 1 metre panel to be added to this year’s Earth Flag. We will also be collecting signatures for the Earth Flag.