Spring seems to have finally sprung here in the GTA and just in time to celebrate Earth Day. Every year on April 22, more than 6 million Canadians participate in Earth Day activities in their communities, according to Earth Day Canada.
Why Do We Celebrate Earth Day?
Although we should be making every day Earth day, having a specific time every year to focus on our planet helps us to reflect on how we can do a better job to take care of it. Earth Day comes at a great time of year, just as the weather is warming up in Canada and we tend to get excited about getting back outside to enjoy the beautiful scenery of our country.
Making a Difference
There are many ways we can all make a difference to help improve and protect our one and only planet. Even a tiny change to your every day habits can reduce waste or consumption and help to contribute to overall goal of keeping Earth as green as possible.
Some easy ways you can be more green:
- Take public transit, bike or walk instead of driving
Now that the weather has warmed up, try an alternate to driving – you may even get there faster by avoiding Toronto traffic!
- Carpooling with a friend or coworker
Too far to take transit or bike? See if someone else is going your way and hitch a ride. Plus you’ll be able to use the HOV lanes.
- Print less paper
Try to work on-screen when possible or print double-sided pages to reduce paper waste.
- Go mobile
Use your smart phone or tablet to access info you need on the go, such as event tickets or maps.
- Turn off the tap
We’re lucky in Canada to have fresh running water at the ready, but that doesn’t mean we should take it for granted. When brushing your teeth, doing dishes or cooking, run the water only while you truly need it.
- Make less waste
Even small changes count. Recycling used items and composting food waste will cut down your creation of garbage. Make new habits, such as putting food in a reusable container instead of a disposable plastic baggie or buying in bulk to save on packaging waste.
It can be hard to power-down these days when everything seems to be online. But “disconnecting” can have more benefits than saving on energy. Turning off the TV, laptop or games can make time for other activities like getting outside, enjoying a craft or hobby and spending time with friends and family.
For lots more tips on being green, visit TreeHugger to learn how you can reduce your footprint.
In addition to making a difference, be sure to get out side and enjoy your yard or local park. Happy Earth Day!