• 2020-06-04

April 22nd, 2019 marks 49 Years of Earth Day.

It is hard to believe that come 2020, we will be celebrating 50 years of Earth Day! – a day in our 365 that once held so much significance and power. Each one of us can help make Earth Day an annual event to look forward to and one that is, truly worth celebrating.

What is Earth Day?

Earth day is an environmental event that celebrates respect for the environment and a call to action in which we change our behaviors to better impact our true home, the Earth.

Fun fact: In 2009, the United Nations changed the name from Earth Day to International Mother Earth Day. However, it doesn’t seem to have stuck.

How exactly did “Earth Day” come to be?

Well, it started due to a oil spill in Santa Barbara, California which upset a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, who realized it was time to take action to protect our earth from losing its natural resources such as; minerals, water, and forests to name a few.

The contamination of the most if not, one of the most precious elements on earth – Air, was sick, suffering from severe pollution due to smoke and fog, otherwise known as, smog. Now, this smog became a real topic of conversation in the 1970’s when populations noticed that the growing pollution was becoming a greater risk and danger to our health.

As a result, on April 22nd,1970, the streets were filled with millions of people protesting the negative impacts that industrial expansion had caused.

What does it mean today?

Earth day is not simply a day for Canadians to participate and celebrate in, it is a global event that roughly 1 billion people around the world now take part in as the greatest communal day of action.

It involves everyday citizens like you and me doing our part to clean up our town, our parks, our roads, to plant trees, flowers, vegetables and fruit, to march, hold signs, sign petitions and meet with officials in our community.

It is a day of respecting our earth, each other, protecting our planet and in doing so, one another. Taking a step forward by recycling your waste whether from the office, your home or school etc. is a great way to be involved.

Try your best to re-use what you already have and next time you buy, ask yourself, can this be used again? Is this product safe for my health and the earth? There are so many ways we can help our Earth feel and look better; each conscious choice brings us one step closer.

Questions for YOU, the reader and fellow earthling

Although some like to have a day in the year in which they can reflect, others feel it has simply become a hallmark-style event that comes and goes without much reaction or active participation from the public.

- Do you believe Earth Day still holds the same level of importance?

- If so, what would you like to see happen in your community, town or region on Earth Day?

* Let us know in the comment section below. We love to hear from you! *

If you wish to recycle any of the designated materials that we look after from tires, oil and glycol, paint to electronics, please use our user-friendly search engine found on our website (https://recyclenb.com/)  It is a simple and helpful tool.

Step 1:
Go to our Home Page
2: Go to the tab “Where to Recycle”
3: Choose the product you wish to recycle
4: Type your postal code or location
5: Head to the depot closest to you and drop-off
6: Feel good! You just took one more step into making our world a better place.

Resources – Learn more and Get Inspired!

Act for the Planet – Recycle Your Batteries and Meet the Challenge of the Day

- https://www.call2recycle.ca/act-for-the-planet-act-with-earth-day-canada/

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day
- https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/5-ways-earth-day-every-day.htm

10 Awesome Eco-activities to do this Earth Day
- https://inhabitat.com/10-awesome-eco-activities-to-do-this-earth-day/

Heading to the library? Be sure to take a look at these books with your kids
- https://boymamateachermama.com/2014/03/24/book-mama-books-for-earth-day/

Learn more about Earth Day with CBC and PBS
- https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/how-the-world-celebrates-the-earth

- https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/5a924247-29da-4fca-b5dd-2974e20ed304/earth-day-all-about-the-holidays/

Staying in? Here are some Enviro-friendly Movies for Earth Day
- https://www.readersdigest.ca/culture/environmental-movies-earth-day/

- https://www.nfb.ca/playlists/canada150-earth-day/


- https://earthday.ca/

- https://www.earthday.org/

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