Our Vision

Connecting people to nature on Earth Day and every day.

Our Mission

Earth Day Canada inspires and supports people across Canada to connect with nature and build resilient communities.

About Earth Day Canada

Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada is a national charity that inspires and supports people across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities. We lead an annual Earth Day campaign in conjunction with free, year-round, award-winning programs that get people of all ages outside, interacting with the environment — this, in turn, fosters an intrinsically motivated, enduring commitment to stewardship and conservation.

We work closely with school-aged children and youth through our renowned EcoKids and EarthPLAY programs, focused on putting self-directed outdoor play back into the lives of children by addressing play provision in schools, parks, streets and community green spaces. We engage diverse communities and help our corporate partners achieve their sustainability goals with our employee engagement platform.

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Key Achievements

1990

Earth Day Canada is founded; 2 million Canadians celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day.

1992

500,000 Canadians sign the Earth Flag (+250,000 by fax), which is sent to the Rio Summit to represent Canada. The campaign Won Gold Quill Award from IABC.

1994

EcoKids is launched, and immediately leads the way in environmental education for K-8.

1995

6 million Canadians celebrate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, at schools, rallies, and events.

1999

National Reuse Pledge campaign collects over 1 million signatures in support of reuse.

2000

Target Zero Canada campaign brings concept of zero waste to Canada.  EDC receives $210,000 from CCAF for 2-year climate change campaign.

2001

EcoMentors launched, with federal government grant. EcoAction Teams program is launched, with federal government grant.

2002

Toyota Earth Day Scholarship Program is launched.

2004

EDC hosts its first Gala celebration. Hometown Heroes award program is launched. EDC receives top environmental education award for an organization by the NAAEE.

2008

EDC receives the Outstanding Non-Profit Organization award by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication.

2009

Community Environment Fund is launched, with Sobey’s sponsorship.

2010

Corporate Employee Engagement Program, EcoConnexions, is launched in collaboration with CN to engage its 24,000 employees across North America.

2013

Tapestry, EDC’s Diversity and Inclusion program, is launched, with a TD FEF grant.

2015

EarthPLAY launched with Lawson Foundation funding for OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning) and OTF Funding for POP UP Adventure Play program .

2016

25thAnniversary Earth Flag signed by over 250,000 students and public officials across Canada, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The history of Earth Day

A U.S. senator named Gaylord Nelson came up with the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. Hoping to mobilize the politically active student community, he chose April 22nd (falling between Spring Break and final exams) as the official date. On that day in 1970, more than 20-million Americans took to the streets — as well as campuses, parks, and other public spaces — to demonstrate in support of a healthy, sustainable environment. By the end of the year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency had been created and the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts had all passed.

Two decades later, in 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. Earth Day 1990 gave a huge boost to recycling efforts worldwide and helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

Now, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year.

 

From our partners at Earth Day Network

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