Earth Day, Every Day: Canadian Environmental Responsibility Made Simple
For the first time since its inception, Earth Day in Canada will now be a year-long event. Starting on April 22nd, 2015, the national launch will encourage all Canadians to reduce their carbon footprint by 20% by 2020. The focus is on commuting and the Earth Day website indicates 25 different “commuting acts” you can take.
Daily transportation contributes about 24% of Canada’s carbon emissions. To reach this environmental goal, Canadians are encouraged to “Clean Your Commute” by using electric vehicles, public transportation, foot power, or by telecommuting where possible.
Earth Day 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of this annual celebration and nearly 6 million adults and children throughout Canada are expected to participate in special events, environmental activities, and educational opportunities.
Getting Kids Involved
Educating children today about the environment will provide massive returns decades from now. In 1994, organizers launched Eco Kids Canada. This website provides resources for kids and teachers alike. Along with games, contest and activities, there are, “Take Action,” tips that kids can implement throughout the year. As they use these tips, children become more aware of the real interdependency between us and our environment.
Events Throughout the Country
The Earth Day Canada charity, founded in 1990, supports organizations that are looking to make a positive impact on the planet. Their website has a list of great events in which you can participate throughout the country. The Toronto Zoo, for instance, hosts “Party for the Planet”. There is also an Earth Day Gala at the Drake Hotel. In Edmonton, there is an annual festival. In other cities, Canadians will be cleaning parks and attending seminars on green living.
What to Look for in Winnipeg
In our city of Winnipeg, business owners have enlisted 450 people and celebrities to help clean up the downtown business district. You can go on a tour of Oak Hammock Marsh and learn about this important ecosystem, which is one of the few remaining intact natural environments in the city. The Children’s Museum and Fort Whyte are also hosting activities and recycling donations.
Green Action Centre Turns 30
We’re very proud to be a partner with Green Action Centre, one of the foremost NGOs in Canada and which promotes greener living through environmental education and encourages practical green solutions for homeowners, workplaces, schools, and communities.
Green Action Centre has been supporting Earth Day, Every Day for three decades. Based in Winnipeg, the organization is celebrating its 30th anniversary, a major milestone for any organization, let alone one focused on sustainability. In 1985, when Green Action was founded, only a few academics and politicians were thinking broadly about how the world is fully connected through ecosystems, capital and behaviors. That year, the book Deep Ecology was released, promoting the concept of a global environment where all living beings are equal and play a critical role in the well-being of our world. Today, many Canadians and Americans would take this for granted. (In 1985, U.S. Congressman Al Gore was starting to talk about the idea of climate change.)
Green Action Centre is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a beautiful necklace designed by Hilary Druxman. All net proceeds are returned back to Green Action Centre to help with ongoing waste reduction and sustainable transportation projects. Please support Green Action by becoming a member, volunteering, sending a donation, or attending one of their many events.
Why We Care
As a Certified B Corporation, Manoverboard is committed to calling attention to the serious environmental challenges humans face over the next few decades. We believe that educating people about the impact they have on the environment will ultimately change behaviours. Join us on Earth Day and every day to help build an environmental legacy upon which future generations can stand.