Canadians ‘Act for the Planet’ on Earth Day 2013

Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day — a day which has been observed in the United States since 1970, and globally since 1990, to mark the start of the environmental movement — and Canada's theme in celebrating the day in 2013 is to have a month-long challenge they've called 'Act for the Planet'.

The 'Act for the Planet' challenge is not just for Earth Day, but for the entire month of April, assigning a different action that we can take — in our home, in how we take care of our skin, in our communities and how we get around in our daily lives, and even in what we eat and where our food comes from — to make better choices for living a more responsible, and more environmentally-friendly life.

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The purpose of this challenge, overall, is to show that making these efforts and these choices is something that we can do all the time, in every aspect of our life, so that our conscientious behaviour isn't just confined to one day. In fact, although April 22nd is still officially observed as Earth Day, the movement had already expanded to Earth Week over the years, and now is up to Earth Month.

The global movement for Earth Day this year has been using the theme "The Face of Climate Change". They have been gathering photographs from around the world, since the beginning of April, to show not only the growing effects of climate change, but also the faces of those people around the world who are taking action to make a difference in what could be called the greatest environmental crisis in human history.

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