Happy Earth Day!

As many of you know, today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. Although it began as an environmental awareness day in theUnited States, today Earth Day is celebrated in more than 170 countries, by more than a billion people. In fact, Earth Day is currently the largest environmental celebration across the globe. In 1990,Canada, along with 140 other nations joined together to celebrate the first International Earth Day. Since then millions of people world wide have been gathering to educate and promote ways to protect our fragile planet. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “The Face of Climate Change”. Here are 10 simple ways you can face climate change too

– Bring reusable bags when out shopping.

– Walk, bike, run, skip, hop – just use your own energy.

– Invest in your own green products that are reusable like water bottles, coffee mugs and plastic containers.

– Turn off your lights when you leave the room.

– Plant a tree.

– Buy products that can be recycled or is made from recycled material.

– Swap your unused items with some else – one person’s junk is another’s treasure!

– Hang your clothes outside to dry, give your dryer a break.

– Recycle your water. Use rain barrels for watering your plants and garden instead of taking it out of the tap.

– Spread the word. Educating others on the state of the earth’s environment and showing people ways you can reduce your carbon footprint through action is the best way you can help.

Check out http://www.earthday.ca for additional earth day information.

To see what Canadians are doing for Earth Day check out: http://www.cbc.ca/news/interactives/map-earth-day-2013-events/