OTTAWA – The first Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, 1970, was an optimistic event. We had seen the Earth from space, realized that environmental issues were increasingly important and accepted that collective action by governments, civil society and citizens could be brought to bear to address them.
Fifty-two years later, the promise of Earth Day remains unfulfilled as the global community grapples with a rapidly worsening climate crisis and a mass extinction event of a magnitude not seen in 60 million years.
The theme of Earth Day 2022, Invest in Our Planet, is an important and timely call to action. It recognizes the need for rapid and massive investments in the green economy of the future – renewable energy, zero-carbon transportation, building retrofits and much more.
“On this Earth Day, we renew our call on the federal government to abandon incrementalism, to recognize that the window of opportunity to preserve a livable planet is closing rapidly, and act accordingly,” said Green Party interim Leader Amita Kuttner.