Earth Day – 22 April 2006

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22. Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970 and this year an estimated 500 million people in 180 countries will mark International Earth Day with a wide range of activities in the largest environmental event in the world.

I like to compare Earth Day to Mother?s Day. On Mother?s Day, we make a special effort to honour our mother–we bring her flowers, take her out for brunch and generally show how much she means to us. We do the same thing on Earth Day–we make an effort to make environmentally conscious choices–we pick up litter, we recycle more, we walk rather than drive. But just like we love our mother every day of the year, we can show our respect for the Earth in our everyday activities. Earth Day offers us an opportunity to think of the environment and take action to preserve it.

Earth Day is also a great time to start our ?green? resolutions. There are many things we can do to protect our planet and its resources. These require relatively little effort but can make a huge difference if we incorporate them into our daily lives. We know them but sometimes we forget. Here?s an Earth Day reminder:

?Recycle:Paper, plastic, aluminum, glass, ?tin?, cardboard and boxboard, old paint, motor oil, batteries

?Compost: Kitchen peelings and garden trimmings

?Conserve Energy: Set back your thermostat. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent ones. Install insulation and energy-efficient appliances.

?Drive Less: Carpool, bike or walk

?Reduce Household Hazardous Waste: Use natural pest control methods. Dispose of all hazardous materials safely and appropriately.

More ideas can be found on pRRRdy?s website, Tumbler Ridge?s eco-educator, Karen Thomas, has brochures on a wide range of topics from composting and natural gardening to waste reduction for businesses and recycling programs. Call Karen at 242-4696 for your free copies.

For a practical way to celebrate Earth Day, join Karen on Tuesday April 18th at 1 p.m. to learn how to reuse old plastic shopping bags and make a crocheted bag. The TR Library Club is also having a special Earth Day activity (making bio-degradable bird feeders) on Wednesday, April 19th.