Earth Day marked in Montreal and around the world

Governments, institutions, environmentalists and ordinary people around the world are marking Earth Day today.

Here in Montreal, the day was marked early this morning with a traditional tree-planting event at Parc Jean-Drapeau, attended by Real Menard, the executive committee member responsible for sustainable development, and STM chairman Philippe Schnobb.

Until 4 o'clock this afternoon, the downtown Ville-Marie borough set up a dropoff point at the corner of Rene-Levesque Blvd. and Ste. Catherine St. for used electronic equipment. Last year a similar collection took in 16.1 tons of unwanted computer and electronic gadgetry.

Meanwhile, Apple Inc. says it will soon offer free recycling to all of its used products, and promising to power all of its stores and offices with renewable energy.

The global theme for this year's Earth Day is Green Cities, with an emphasis on promoting sustainable technology.

This is the 45th year that environmentalists had marked Earth Day on April 22.

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