In line with Earth Day last week on April 22, the CBC created a photo essay called The Environment. This collection of photos looks at the effect people have had on the environment since the creation of Earth Day in the 1970s. The CBC uses some of the worst instances of human caused environmental destruction as a reminder of how much harm we cause.

The essay begins with a photo of a crying First Nations man who participated in a commercial that aired in the United States in 1971. The commercial was part of an ad campaign by Keep America Beautiful and featured Iron Eyes Cody (the First Nations man) traveling along a polluted river. The commercial ends with the words "people start pollution. people can stop it."