Among trees II, a photo by Tess Axelsson on Flickr.
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate beyond today.
- Participate in the FREE Rotary Forest Earth Day event and help plant 4,000 trees this Saturday, April 26, at Guelph Lake. There's a free shuttle bus every 40 minutes from Guelph Central Station.
- Attend the Vegan Bake Sale this Saturday, April 26 or the screening of Speciesism: the Movie on Sunday April 27. And this has what do with Earth Day, you say?! Well, according to many, many sources, meat production is a huge contributor to global warming. Reducing - or eliminating - meat consumption will reduce your carbon footprint, minimize water usage, and help reduce fossil fuel dependence. These two events are fundraisers for the inaugural VegFest Guelph - "a festival to celebrate the benefits of embracing a plant-based lifestyle and promote compassionate, sustainable and healthy living for all."
- Sign up for David Suzuki's Canada-wide 30x30 Nature Challenge. Spend 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days in May. Potential benefits include better sleeps, reduced stress and a greater appreciation of our natural environment. I participated last year and have signed up for this year's challenge as well. One aspect that interests me in addition to spending more time outside is the National Photo Challenge.
- Attend one (or all) of the City of Guelph's Healthy Landscapes events. Topics include Vertical Veggies, transitioning from grass to garden and more. And why not sign up for a free Healthy Landscape Visit? At the end of the visit, you’ll be provided with a free report that outlines recommendations on how to create a beautiful, low-maintenance lawn and garden. Some potential benefits of this program include reducing water consumption, attracting pollinators, improving soil quality, and increasing our tree canopy.
- Book a free (e)merge Guelph Efficient Home Visit. Become more sustainable by reducing water, electricity and gas consumption, and save money.