The City of Kitchener is encouraging residents to make a difference this Earth Day and every day through a community clean-up program and a call to action about the role we all have in protecting a sustainable Earth for future generations. This Friday, April 22 the City of Kitchener joins people and organizations around the world in recognizing Earth Day, which calls on everyone everywhere to reduce their environmental impact. 

“Earth Day is an important opportunity to reflect on the challenges facing our planet and the actions we can take as individuals and communities to combat climate change and issues of sustainability,” said Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “We have a duty as stewards of the Earth to preserve our environment, not just for ourselves but for future generations.” 

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It has since become the largest participatory environmental movement in the world. The City of Kitchener is strongly committed to climate action, committing to environmental leadership as one of the five key goals of its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, and has recently beaten its internal greenhouse gas emissions targets

For Earth Day, the City is encouraging residents and organizations to register for a community clean-up. By registering a clean-up event, groups can pick up cleaning supplies from the community centre of their choice and request a pickup of full bags. The clean-up program will run through the spring and summer. 

“There are so many steps we can take to support environmental sustainability in our community, and these community clean-ups are a great starting point,” said Ward 8 Councillor Margaret Johnston. “Earth Day is a great way to generate enthusiasm for environmental activism in our community, and I encourage everyone in Kitchener to take the time to make a difference in their neighbourhood.” 

The City of Kitchener is one of 243 municipal partners of Earth Day Canada. With urban areas set to become home to two-thirds of the world population by 2050, cities play an increasingly important role in the battle against climate change. Find out more about Earth Day Canada and how to get involved by visiting www.earthday.ca. 

In addition to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by its own operations, the City of Kitchener is a partner of ClimateActionWR, which has developed the TransformWR community climate action plan. This plan adopted by the Region of Waterloo, area municipalities and local sustainability organizations will reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent from 2010 levels by 2050. 

Find out more about how the City of Kitchener is committed to climate action by visiting www.kitchener.ca/sustainability. 

 

For more information, contact: 
Shawn Falcao  
Manager, Corporate Communication  
City of Kitchener 
shawn.falcao@kitchener.ca