WATCH — Earth Day: How it started, how it’s going

Isabel DeRoy-Olson
Story by Isabel DeRoy-Olson and CBC Kids News • 2022-04-12 06:00

A revolutionary past, an uncertain future

Every week, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that everyone’s talking about. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.

Each year on April 22, people around the world celebrate Earth Day.

It started in the United States in 1970 and has grown to become the largest secular day of protest in the world, according to

And while Earth Day has clearly had an impact on various laws and policies, as well as environmental awareness, some people are questioning its relevance and impact today.

So what exactly is Earth Day?

What has it accomplished and can it do more for environmental awareness?

There’s a lot to unbox here, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. KN Explains here:

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TOP IMAGE CREDIT: Alexander Gerst/ESA via Getty Images with graphic design by Allison Cake/CBC

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Isabel DeRoy-Olson
Isabel DeRoy-Olson
CBC Kids News Contributor
Isabel DeRoy-Olson is a Grade 11 student and lives in North Vancouver on Tsleil Waututh territory. She is a citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon territory and Annishabe from Manitoba. Isabel is passionate about acting and dancing and loves to learn more about Indigenous identity, gender and social justice. She is excited about the opportunity to start these conversations and more with kids across Canada.

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