Earth Day

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Every spring, Earth Day is a global reminder of how important it is to protect our planet.

Locally, we organize several events in celebration of Earth Day to reinforce the day's purpose and show our community how easy - and fun - going green can be, not just one day - every day.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour kicks off Earth Month, encouraging everyone to turn off their lights for an hour, in an effort to raise awareness and reduce climate change. Join us by reducing or turning off all lights for the hour. Find out more about Earth Hour - and plan to take part next year.

Earth Month events and activities

Spring is the season of new beginnings. For many, this includes new habits and routines that benefit our environment.

Here are a few ways you can make an impact by helping to reduce our global footprint:

Community clean-ups

Community clean-ups bring neighbours, colleagues or classmates together for a common cause - cleaning up our community. They provide an opportunity to see how a small act for a short time can have a great impact. And, when people get involved in cleaning their neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces, they are less likely to litter - and more likely to keep it clean.

You can ** Register your group** to organize a clean-up of a local park, public space or trail anytime in April, we'll provide supplies and support. For more information contact Josh Shea at 519-741-2200, ext. 4177.

20-Minute Makeover

On a set date every April, we partner with the City of Waterloo and our local litter reduction task force to encourage people, businesses and organizations to take just 20 minutes together outside and make their nearby environment a little cleaner.

**Register your group** to be counted; we'll give you supplies and a chance to win a group prize For more information, contact Rebecca Florence at 519-741-2200, ext. 7537. Registration Deadline is Friday April 13.

School-yard clean-up PLUS

In honour of Earth Month, local schools are encouraged to hold a school-yard clean-up PLUS other Earth Day-related activities for a day in April. For example, some schools host book swaps, while others hold green scavenger hunts and fun quizzes about the environment. Check out Earth Day Canada - Eco Kids for some great activities and ideas. If you **register your school-yard clean-up** PLUS events, we'll provide supplies - as well as a chance to win one of five cash prizes for a school environmental project. For more information, contact Rebecca Florence at 519-741-2200, ext. 7537. Registration Deadline is April 6.

Free city-wide events

Earth Day celebration

Celebrate Earth Day at Kiwanis Park on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1-4 p.m. Join staff from the Cities of Kitchener and Waterloo as we host our annual Earth Day celebration. Free activities for the whole family including bird box building, live bird of prey shows, kids crafts and tree planting. For more information, contact Josh Shea at 519-741-2600 ext. 4177.

Earth Day Canada

Earth Day Canada (EDC) is a national environmental communications organization mandated to improve the state of the environment by empowering Canadians to achieve local solutions. Since 1991, EDC has been coordinating Earth Day/Earth Month events, and creating successful community programs and award-winning artistic and media projects.

Make every day Earth Day!

Green is a great colour for you every day - not just on Earth Day!

Here are a few ways you can build more environmentally sustainable habits into your daily routine:

  • Join a local community group at a tree-planting event.
  • Rethink how you view garbage - and what happens after you toss it out.
  • Cut back on your energy use at home, work and on the road.
  • Save four per cent of your heating costs by turning your thermostat down just one degree Celsius. Make a habit of turning it down before going to bed or on vacation.
  • Install a flow-aerated showerhead and reduce the amount of water used by as much as two-thirds.
  • Hike a trail, visit a local park, go exploring at the beach, strap on some snowshoes, paddle down the river, sketch a bird or organize a community picnic.
  • Reduce the amount of time your vehicle idles. Remember, 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off your engine.
  • Choose recycled products, products with less packaging and reusable items whenever possible.
  • Install energy-saving light bulbs and save $35 in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb.
  • Check your local listings or Earth Day Canada's website to find out what events are planned in your area in celebration of Earth Day.

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