In 1970 American peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honour the earth, and Earth Day was born.
It is now observed on April 22 in 192 countries, with more than one billion people taking action to demonstrate their concern and care for the planet, and to indicate their environmental protection of air, soil, water and all the species that share these essentials for life on our planet.
People plant trees, hold neighborhood cleanups, host workshops and seminars, attend concerts, join waste-management projects, contact their government officials on behalf of environmental groups and much more.
In Victoria, B.C., 5,000 participants take an Earth Walk. Edmonton holds an Earth Day Festival with 30,000 people on site at Hawrelak Park.
Here in Rimbey the library is inviting children to A Party for the Planet, 3:30 to 5 p.m. At the same time teens and adults are welcome to meet at the Beatty House, pick up a recycled plastic bag, and help clean up Main Street; and environs, please bring your own gloves. Cookies and juice to follow at the Beatty House.