The first Earth Day, held 42 years ago on April 22, 1970, was conceived with the aim of promoting awareness and appreciation of the increasing issues facing our planet. Each April, Canadians look for ways to participate in Earth Day efforts and celebrations along with over a billion participants worldwide.
Eat a plant-based meal
According to Earth Day Canada, eating a plant-based diet lowers our impact on the environment and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Store the leftovers in containers that are reusable as opposed to disposable.
Switch water habits
In addition to conserving water in and around the home, make the switch from drinking bottled water to tap water from a reusable container.
Change a light bulb
Or change all of them! Make the switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to energy-efficient CFL bulbs to save energy.
Dig in the dirt
Planting a tree, some new plants or even starting a garden are terrific ways to celebrate Earth Day and will provide long-lasting benefits to the planet.
Do an upcycling project
Take something recyclable and use it to create something new. Give your garbage a second life!
Pick up litter
Don a pair of work gloves, head out to the highway, nearest country road or your own neigbourhood, and clear the area of trash and recyclables. Helping to keep the planet clean is a time-honoured way to spend Earth Day.
Start a compost
Give back to the Earth — literally! All the information you need to get started can be found at the Compost Council of Canada.
Leave the car at home
Celebrate Earth Day by walking or biking to your destinations all day. Not only will you feel better, you will also be giving Mother Nature a break from those nasty emissions.
Install a rain barrel
Reuse rainwater! Give yourself or someone you love the gift of a rain barrel for Earth Day.
Party for the planet at the Toronto Zoo
This popular Earth Day event runs April 21 and 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Toronto Zoo. It’s all about conservation, education and fun!
Earth Walk in Victoria, B.C.
Join the Earth Walk in Victoria, British Columbia, on Saturday, April 21. It’s the longest-running community gathering since 1982.
Visit the Green Living Show
Check out the Green Living Show at Toronto’s Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, which runs from April 13 until April 16. It features thousands of eco-friendly products, demos and presentations.
Buy some Earth Day jewellery
That’s right. Gift yourself with an Earth Day necklace or bracelet engraved with the slogan “Teach today. Change tomorrow.” Fifty per cent of the proceeds go toward supporting Earth Day Canada’s environmental education programs.
Visit the Earth Day online store
Purchase some sustainable merchandise such as a T-shirt or reusable bag to help spread the Earth Day message.