On April 22, 1970, millions of people across the United States took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development. Earth Day is now a global event each year, with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries taking part.

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has chosen the theme for 2019 of “Protect our Species”.

We are amidst the largest period of species extinction in the last 60 million years. Normally, between one and five species will go extinct annually. However, scientists estimate that we are now losing species at 100 to 1,000 times the normal rate, with multiple extinctions daily. Multiple species will disappear before we learn about them or the benefits they bring to our planet. [1]

Campaign goals

The “Protect our Species” campaign is designed to:

  • Educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.
  • Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats.
  • Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
  • Encourage individual actions such as adopting plant-based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.

 

Take the Earth Day Quiz

How much do you know about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon? Take the Earth Day quiz and find out.

Discover Earth Day Toolkits

Hosting an Earth Day event in your community is a wonderful way to bring people together, promote action, and send a message to local policy makers.

 

UBC Events

UNA Earth Day 2019 
Come celebrate Earth Day by learning about different ways we can care about the Earth and decrease our impact.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 10:00 to 14:00
Where: Wesbrook Community Centre, 3335 Webber Ln. Vancouver, BC V6S 0H3 Canada

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Way Cool Biodiversity Series: Can biodiversity adapt to climate change?
Join Wall International Visiting Research Scholar Ophélie Ronce for this illuminating talk, in which she will illustrate existing mechanisms of adaptation to climate change through examples in animals and plants.

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
Where: Beaty Biodiversity Museum, 2212 Main Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC

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Non-UBC events

Stanley Park Earth Day Celebration
Join in at Lost Lagoon to support one of the planet's most important ecosystems: wetlands!

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 12:00 to 16:00
Where: Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon, Vancouver, BC V6G 2S

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Wreck Beach Clean up
Join Surfrider Vancouver for an annual Wreck Beach cleanup in celebration of Earth Day.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 11:00 to 13:00
Where: Wreck Beach - Trail 6, 6572 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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Earth Day Parade Commercial Drive
Join in a celebration complete with speakers, musicians, and gather together as a community to address the things that matter most today.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 13:00 to 15:00
Where: Commercial Drive and Broadway to Grandview Park

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2019 Earth Day Celebration with Keynote David Miller
Join a night of inspiration and celebration at the return of Vancouver’s largest Earth Day event. This year in partnership with ZEBx - Zero Emissions Building Exchange, a collaborative platform that strengthens the public, private and civic capacities for zero emission buildings.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 16:00 to 21:00
Where: Rosewood Hotel Georgia - Spanish Ballroom, 801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

tickets $35-$65