Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day 2012.
All around the planet Earth, in every country, humanity joined together and celebrated Earth Day.
The celebrations were as varied as the people, as you will see in these dramatic photos.
From public demonstrations against nuclear power in Japan, to the Critical Mass bicycle ride in Budapest, people around the world took to the streets to march, bike, parade, and walk to clean up their world.
In Manila an effort to clean up Freedom Island,a place so littered with trash it is virtually unrecognizable, was begun.
In Montreal, Canada, more than 250,000 people marched through the streets to show their disgust with the Canadian government's recent actions,
“I am not any kind of activist, but I am fed up with the government, about how it is handling the environment and how often I hear about corruption when I turn on the news.”
Gregory Pratte came with his school-aged children, along with a group of 10 families from Laval and the north shore who had used Facebook and Twitter to enourage others to come, too. Standing in a sea of people at the corner of Ste. Catherine and Jeanne Mance Sts., Pratte said he had a feeling the protest was “the start of something big.”
“It’s cold and miserable, and still all these people came out. We came for the future of our children. We came to make ourselves heard,” he said. “Maybe, just maybe, we are ready to rise up. Maybe I will tell my children 25 years from now that we were here when a new social movement began.”
Turnout for the three-hour event was 10 times what Earth Day organizers had anticipated, said Yves Lanctot, one of more than 800 volunteers who kept marchers along the official route.
The crowd was a mixed group of environmental activists denouncing the Quebec government’s Plan Nord northern exploration plans and shale gas exploration, as well as the federal government’s axing of the Katimavik youth environmental program and Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. Lanctot said activists from as far away as Rimouski, Sept Îles and Trois Rivières had rented buses and come to join the Montreal Earth Day march.
“We are a quarter-million strong and we have big ideas,” said well-known activist and co-founder of Equiterre Steven Guilbault, addressing the crowd on a giant screen set up at Jeanne Mance Park. “We want to be heard.”
Here is what Earth Day 2012 looked like around the world
What did your community do to celebrate Earth Day?