Earth Day 2020
Spring is here, and so is the 50th Annual EARTH DAY!
With everyone spending time around the home right now it is a great time to think about our daily footprint and impact on the earth.
Did you know it only takes 30 days to change or create a habit?
Much of our personal impact on the Earth is related to our habits and our use of single-use, disposable, convenient items. Right now is a great time to change our habits at home, and plan for the future.
Meal Planning and Prep
Instead of buying microwaveable pre-packaged foods, meal prep and freeze lunches in bulk.
- Reduce waste of packaging, fuel and other costs associated with processed pre-packaged foods.
- Save money by making and preparing food in advance in bulk in reusable containers.
- Become actively engaged with your nutrition, and eat mindfully with appreciation.
- Practice planning and preparation skills while you have time to refine them.
- Involve your children in kitchen tasks and food education so they can become more self-reliant in the future.
- Enjoy the time you have to try new recipes, experiment with flavour chemistry, and learn new skills.
Electricity and Heat
Canadian weather can be unpredictable, but there are natural ways you can use to control interior room temperature.
- Work with the sun to adjust the temperature in your home. You can keep blinds open to allow the sun to naturally heat your home or shut the blinds to deflect unwanted heat.
- Insulate your home around windows, doors etc.
- Use sweaters, socks and slippers to stay warm when there are temporary chills.
- Use natural air convection by opening windows to create an air current through your home.
- Turn your thermostat off during the hot summer months, skip the air conditioner, and rely on a window fan as needed.
- Use less electricity and fuel, reduce your impact on the environment.
- Save money on your utility bills.
Walk or Bike
Many Canadian cities are very walkable and bikeable! Whether you own a bike or rent one, or like to stroll, there are so many benefits to alternative modes of transportation.
- Reduce carbon footprint by using less fuel, and creating less air pollution.
- Exercise to stay happier and healthier, and avoid doctors visits.
- Run errands on foot or by bike to limit and prioritize purchases, and reign in spending.
- Save money on transportation but also gyms and fancy equipment, by commuting on foot or by bike.
- Enjoy your city’s beautiful pathways, views, and gardens.
EARTH DAY KIDS ACTIVITIES
While you are out walking, help out mother earth by collecting garbage with gloves. Be sure to supervise your child, and have protective equipment on.
Teach your children about the importance of cleaning up after themselves, not littering, and about the dangers of litter to animals, and ecosystems.
Note to Parents – for ages 5 and up: This is a great activity to educate about potential dangers in the environment from trash and waste, and help kids know what to do if they find something dangerous while on the park or playing.
Upcycle Toys into Planters!
Many families are going through spring clean-ups and closet clear-outs right now. What a great time to upcycle old toys.
Little Bit Funky provides a great craft activity for converting dino toys into planters, but you can also upcycle all sorts of other toys. Be creative and have fun!
For more on Earth Day in Canada at home: https://earthday.ca/april-22/campaign/earthdayathome/