Every year on April 22, more than six million Canadians participate in activities to celebrate Earth Day. In 1970, American Senator Gaylord Nelson created the day to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. Here are some ideas how you and your family can celebrate Earth Day this year:
- Have a 24 hour “no trash” day. Take a walk in your neighbourhood and pick up trash as you go. Offer to clean up garbage from yards of your neighbours – especially the elderly.
- Have a 24 hour “No Driving” day. Walk or ride your bike wherever possible.
- Turn old clothes into Barbie or doll clothes. Make reusable bags from old T-shirts. Give old toys away once your child no longer plays with them.
- Put a timer in the bathroom so that you know when your five minute shower is up.
- Plant a garden, trees or flowers. Make birdhouses or birdfeeders.
- Implement an “Unplugged Power Hour” in your home with no games, no phones, and no electric devices. Spend this time as a family!
- Prepare an “earth-friendly” dinner with locally grown foods. Turn off the lights and enjoy your meal by candlelight.
Everything you do to help the planet counts! Earth Day should be every day!
“Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”
Ancient Kenyan Proverb