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Giving our planet a day off the year!

Zero Emissions Day is annually held by people in many countries around the world on the 21st of September 21. The main message of this event is “Giving our planet a day off a year”.

Our world is counting on us

It's up to each of us to take care of our planet at this point. When your driving something this large you have to stop every now and then, reflect on what's working and what's not working and set a new course for where you really want to be.

Story behind ZeDay

The idea of creation of ZeDay belongs to Ken Wallace from Nova Scotia, Canada. He was strolling his newborn daughter past a parked idling truck with no driver inside. The gas emission in combination with the surrounding unrest traffic was nasty, and Ken had an idea, that stopping all of this would be excellent for our world. He tried to initiate the event together with his friends, but during the 1980’s an early Internet message didn't draw much attention. However, the idea existed and with the emergence of Internet social networks it was implemented.

The present-day observance was shaped in 2008, and since then it's annually observed on September 21. The message of the campaign exists in 12 languages such as Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and English to draw more attention to the problem of gas emission worldwide.

21-03-2008

A Website calling for a "A Global Moratorium on Fossil Fuel Combustion on September 21" was launched from Sealevel in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

06-2008

Facebook Event page was created

21-12-2008

Ken wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on December 21, 2008, outlining the Zero Emissions Day meme and recommending his office participate.

2009

zeroemissionsday.org was rebuilt as a Web 2.0 app.

01-2010

ZeDay.org was registered (to coexist with the longer domain name)

08-2010

ZeDay was presented at PechaKucha 5 in Halifax

2011

The Zero Emissions Day theme was "Get Creative" – discover ways to enjoy the day without using fossil fuels.

2012

The Zero Emissions Day theme was "Reboot" – Shut down everything non-essential powered by fossil fuels for a day – press reset — and then start up fresh.

2013

Theme was “Potluck your Park” – a most excellent idea to nuture fossil-free communities.

2014

There's a major action on climate change scheduled for September 21st, first from Bill McKibbon's A Call to Arms: An Invitation to Demand Action on Climate Change in Rolling Stone manifesting the People's Climate March

2015

Mechanical Engineers at Carnegie Mellon declared Zero Emissions Day Can Be Every Day.

2016

Jacopo Prisco, a London-based journalist for CNN International produced How I lived without emissions for a day, an amazing documentary including the hashtag #CNNZeDay.

ZeDay Guidelines are simple

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Don’t use or burn oil or gas or coal.

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Minimize (or eliminate) your use of electricity generated by fossil fuels.

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Don’t put anyone in harm’s way: All essential and emergency services operate normally.

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Do your best, have fun, enjoy the day!

Zero Emissions Day provides just that opportunity to benefit everything and everyone on our planet.

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