Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – April 22nd, 2024 is Earth Day and this year’s theme is Planet vs. Plastic. That’s also the day countries from around the world will gather in Ottawa to start the fourth round of negotiations to develop an international treaty on plastic pollution (INC-4). All eyes will be on Canada for crucial talks to end one of the planet’s biggest environmental crises.

Environmental Defence is helping to lead the Earth Day charge against plastic pollution. We will have experts on the ground in Ottawa throughout the week of April 22 to comment on treaty negotiations and events to support ending plastic pollution. Please see our full list of Earth Day events and media opportunities below:

Sunday, April 21, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM, March to End the Plastic Era, Ottawa: Environmental Defence has partnered with international allies to organize a historic march to End the Plastic Era.

10:30 AM – Speeches: Centennial Flame in front of Parliament Hill, 111 Wellington St, Ottawa

12:00 PM – March Begins: Head east on Wellington St

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM – Rally in front of the Shaw Center, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa


Monday, April 22, All day, Canada-wide, Twitterstorm to #EndThePlasticEra: Environmental Defence is hosting an online social media day of action to flood X with a united message demanding that Canada show leadership to end plastic pollution at INC-4.


Wednesday, April 24, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Plastic Pollution on the Frontlines: Stories from Turtle Island: This free roundtable event hosted by Environmental Defence and Ecojustice features speakers from Indigenous communities on the frontline of the plastic crisis. You’ll hear from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the Nunatsiavut government about the impacts of plastic production and pollution on their communities. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.


Friday, April 26, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Toxic Chemicals in Plastics, Public Health and the Precautionary Principle: With a focus on plastic additives of concern and their impacts on health and well-being, this free interactive session will feature leading scientists, environmental health advocates and the grounded expertise of affected communities on the links to cancer, endocrine disruption, and impacts on child health.


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For more information or to request an interview, please contact:

Lauren Thomas, Environmental Defence,