When drafting up a plan for your leisure time this weekend be sure to include some green activities because this Sunday is Earth Day 2012! Earth Day, an annual event celebrated worldwide every April 22, is an opportunity for people of all ages to take positive actions towards the preservation of our delicate natural environment.
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970 in the United States. Many consider the first Earth Day celebration as the start of the environmental movement. That day, more than 20 million Americans participated in informational sessions aimed at raising awareness around the growing issue of environmental pollution. Today, Earth Day is a global event celebrated in a multitude of ways around the world, unified by the common goal of educating and engaging individuals in positive environmental action.
Here at Orca we have made a longstanding commitment to publishing books with an environmental theme—from the Orca classic Siwiti—A Whale’s Story and In the Company of Whales by whale researcher and wild salmon activist Alexandra Morton to more recent titles like The Salmon Bears—Giants of the Great Bear Rainforest and The Sea Wolves—Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest both by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read.
Other environmentally-themed titles include Nowhere Else on Earth—Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest by Caitlyn Vernon and Generation Us—The Challenge of Global Warming by Andrew Weaver. Click any of the above links to be taken to the books’ dedicated websites, where you’ll find excerpts, resources, downloads and more.
At Orca we know that environmental education can be very powerful, which is why we have published many titles that take this often-complex subject matter and make it easily accessible. As well as providing environmentally educational content, Orca is committed to conducting responsible publishing practices by printing virtually all our books in Canada on Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) paper while making every effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle. (And hey! Almost all Orca titles are available in ebook format so you can go “green” with you reading materials. Learn more about Orca ebooks.)
Now, you might be wondering, what can I do this Earth Day? Here in Canada, Earth Day is celebrated in a variety of different ways around the country. In Victoria, BC, approximately 5000 west coasters gather to take part in Victoria’s Earth Walk. In the East, over 2000 Oakvillians gather to participate in Ontario’s Waterways Clean-up. If your curious about the events happening in your community you can visit the Earth Day Canada website for more information.
Happy Earth Day to All!