Posts Tagged ‘recycle’

40th Anniversary of Earth Day

February 15, 2010

What is Earth Day celebrating?

Earth Day is held on April 22 each year and marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. On April 22, 1970 twenty million Americans took to the streets and public areas to participate in teach-ins and show their support for a healthy environment. The demonstration was spearheaded by Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin, and Denis Hayes, a Harvard University student.

Of great significance was the solidarity exhibited by varying groups and individuals that had previously been fighting for specific environmental causes (ranging from oil spills, to freeway construction, to the loss of wildlife) and the realization that they had shared values and great influence with a unified voice.

The 1970 demonstration has been credited with leading to the formation of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the introduction of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.

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My, has it grown…

In 1990 Earth Day went global with 200 million people in 141 countries participating. The event has been credited with contributing to the success of the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The global scope and profile of Earth Day in 1990 helped many heads of state feel the pressure to participate. It was also attributed to giving a boost to recycling efforts. (more…)

Give Something Small to Save Something Big

December 1, 2009

We recently completed a stunning batch of recycled content buttons for the Big Wild campaign, a joint initiative of Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. The buttons were made in East Vancouver from recycled steel and paper.

Proceeds from button sales will support  The Big Wild,  a community of outdoor enthusiasts working to protect 50% of Canada’s wild spaces. The buttons are for sale at all MEC store locations.

We recommend grabbing a full set for yourself and favourite friends. The graphics are awesome! They’re just the right size to put in a holiday card or use as a stocking stuffer and you’ll be supporting a great cause (they even have a place to write in “to” and “from” ).

Do Something Small to Save Something Big – head out to MEC and pick some up, you’ll be supporting a great cause.


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