Environment Week

Environment Week June 5-11, 2016; celebrate our nature; little girl laughing

Environment Week in Canada is celebrated during the week of June 5th, which the United Nations has adopted as World Environment Day. Environment Week includes Clean Air Day which is always the Wednesday in the week. Environment Week has been celebrated in Alberta since 1972.

Environment Week celebrates Alberta's environment. It is a great time for Albertans to host and attend events that include some learning, some fun and some action. Action is doing something on purpose to lessen your impact on the environment. Celebrating and action projects are great ways to bring a community together towards a greener future.

Participating in local Environment Week events is a great way to discover easy things you can do for the environment. The choices you make - big and small - really do make a difference because your action counts!

Did You Know?

The idea for Environment Week emerged in 1970, when former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker (PM from 1957-1963) noted the "tremendous energy, enthusiasm and initiative" of young people concerned about pollution. Diefenbaker approached the House of Commons with the concept of setting one week a year aside to focus on environmental issues.

Later that same year, Tom Goode, a Member of Parliament from British Columbia, pursued Diefenbaker’s idea by introducing a bill to designate a "Canadian National Pollution Awareness Week". The bill was passed by the House based on considerable support from the public and all political parties. Royal Assent was given in March 1971. To draw attention to all aspects of a healthy environment, the name "Canadian National Environment Week" was chosen. (Source: Environment Canada 2014, About Environment Week section).

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Updated: Aug 22, 2016