Some Great, Green, Canadian Milestones on Earth Day April 22, 2012!

This video explains Earth Day and its green mission to Mobilize the Earth™ :

Mobilize the Earth – Earth Day 4.22.12 – is today’s global campaign whereby:

  • more than one billion people around the globe participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth™
  • people of all nationalities and backgrounds voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection
  • together we will stand united for a sustainable future and call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part
Earth Day 2012
Earth Day 2012

Here are some great, green, Canadian milestones for Earth Day:

  • Also, Canadians in Ontario can celebrate cleaner air  this Earth Day because:
    • The 40thAir Quality in Ontario report shows levels of air pollutants have dropped across the province since 2001
    • Ontario’s strong actions to reduce air pollutants are paying off
    • Cleaner air is the result of:
      • Ramping down dirty coal-fired generation and replacing that power with cleaner energy sources like wind and solar
      • Reducing smog-causing emissions from cars and trucks through Drive Clean emissions testing
      • Stronger regulations reducing industrial emissions
    • In 2010 – the most recent year data was collected − air quality index readings were reported in the good to very good range 93 per cent of the time
    • Ontario is also working with the federal government and the United States to address sources of smog causing emissions from the industrial sector
  • Canadians in Manitoba celebrated Earth Day with the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC) signing of 600th Private Landowner Perpetual Conservation Agreement, which will result in expanding urban duck habitat as follows:
    • Via permanently conserving 93 privately owned acres of uplands and 51 acres of wetlands in the Turtlehead Creek watershed in the Turtle Mountains
    • In total, conservation agreements now ensure more than 110,000 acres of wetlands, grasslands and riparian areas found on private land -an area 12.5 times bigger than Birds Hill Provincial Park -will continue to be protected across the province
    • Payments provided to landowners for the voluntary conservation agreements have now reached a total of $8.2 million and MHHC has issued a further $700,000 in tax receipts for donated lands
    • Through the expansion of parks and protected areas and through partnership with First Nations, environmental groups, and organizations like MHHC, Manitoba has protected 6.6 million hectares, or 10.2 per cent of the province
    • New measures will be taken to renew urban duck habitat in St. Vital Park and protect natural lands in southwestern Manitoba such as:
      • Provincewide wetland enhancement program by installing eight artificial duck-nesting tunnels at St. Vital Park
      • In partnership with the Delta Waterfowl Foundation, the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation has installed and maintains 1,785 nesting tunnels across Manitoba, which will improve the female mallards’ hatching success rate to about 80 per cent
  • If you love adventures, both the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Charity Challenge  on Earth Day invite you to challenge yourself to make a difference by signing up for a once in a lifetime experience and raise money to help Canada’s natural lands and the plants and animals that depend on them for survival:
    • Charity Challenge organizes expeditions exclusively in support of charitable organizations, including the Nature Conservancy of Canada
    • Watch this video to hear from participants about their experience with Charity Challenge:

Happy Earth Day!

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