Government of Alberta

Albertans Celebrate Environment Week

June 2 - June 8, 2013

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.

Spotlight on Biodiversity
Changing the world begins with you and me. Small actions by each of us add up to make a significant difference for the world. Varity is the spice of life, just like biodiversity is for the health of the planet. It is measured as the variety within species (genetic diversity), the variety between species, and the variety of ecosystems. There are many actions we can each take to reduce our environmental footprints and help maintain biodiversity.

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!

Find a Green Stop Near You

Celebrate by hosting or visiting a Green Stop in your community. What's a Green Stop? They are Environment Week events organized by local citizens and community groups designed to educate, empower and engage community members. It can be anything from nature walks, talks, clean ups, hands-on experiences with nature or displays. Dream up a bright idea and make a difference in your community.

Green Stops are guaranteed to be informative and fun! Most of them are free. Join in the Green Stop program; after all, who can resist a celebration?

Register your Environment Week event.
2013 Green Stop registration is closed. See you next year.

View all 2013 Alberta Green Stop Events.

Tips for Promoting your Green Stop.


There’s a Lot to Celebrate June 2 - June 8, 2013 in Canada

Canadians celebrate Environment Week

Environment Week activities and events are carried out across the country. Check out the Community Action Board and see what other Canadian communities are doing.

Wednesday Clean Air Day

Clean Air Day is a celebration of environmentally-friendly activities that promote clean air and good health across Canada . It's a great opportunity to make environmentally-friendly lifestyle choices, and you can make your commitment to improving air quality by participating in activities organized in your community.

June 2-8 Commuter Challenge

Commuter Challenge is a national program that aims to increase the awareness of the benefits of sustainable commuting and to encourage Canadians to take action by walking, cycling, taking transit, carpooling or tele-working instead of driving alone to get to work.

June 5th World Environment Day

World Environment Day, commemorated each year on 5 June, is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

June 5th Alberta Water Quality Awareness (AWQA) Day

Alberta Water Quality Awareness (AWQA) Day, always celebrated June 5, is a province-wide program focused on increasing people's awareness and understanding of water quality and watershed health, through hands-on water quality testing.+



2013 – United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation

The objective of this International Year is to raise awareness on the potential for increased cooperation and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. The Year will highlight the history of successful water cooperation initiatives, as well as identify burning issues on water education, water diplomacy, trans-boundary water management, financing cooperation, and national/international legal frameworks.

One Simple Act

Commit to One Simple Act and do your part to reduce waste, conserve water and reduce energy consumption.




Did you Know?
Environment Week has been celebrated in Alberta since 1972, which is the year the Government of Canada signed the UN Declaration of World Environment Day, June 5.

History of Environment Week in Canada
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