EARTH DAY AT HOME
Environmental activities to do at home, alone, or with your family!
Here below a list of some ideas of practical, creative, and fun ideas for all tastes and ages:
- Eat organic: Preserve the richness of the soil, improve air quality, and protect biodiversity and your own health.
- Eat local: Eat fresher products, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport, and engage in an especially important act of solidarity.
- Eat in season: Eat better-tasting, more nutritious food that has undergone less processing and travelled shorter distances, coming straight from our local farmers.
- Reduce food waste: In Canada, 58% of food is discarded somewhere along the food chain. Make herbal teas, tasty soups and leftovers, freeze, and store properly: so many tips to fight food waste at home.
- Replace your light bulbs with low-energy light bulbs: Recyclable and energy efficient, low-energy light bulbs consume 80% less electricity than conventional light bulbs. A small change with a big benefit for the environment.
- Lower your thermostat: Did you know that 19°C is the « thermoneutrality » temperature of the human species? No need to heat above that, especially when you know that, above 20°C, each additional degree increases the heating bill by 7%. So save your wallet and the environment!
- Use an ethical search engine: The digital world represents 4% of greenhouse gas emissions. Want a good way to reduce your ecological footprint while continuing to use the internet? Using an ethical search engine like Ecosia which finances tree planting
- Reduce online video viewing: In 2019, viewing videos hosted on servers around the world generated the equivalent of Spain's CO2 emissions. Reading a book, creating, cooking, spending time with friends and family: all of these are opportunities to have fun in a different way.
- Compost, consign, recycle: The winning trio to reduce your waste, after a reduction at source of course!
Implement a system in your home for waste and recyclables. If you haven’t yet, label separate bins to make it easy.
- Move towards zero waste: Buy in bulk to reduce packaging waste and minimize transportation pollution. You may need to do some storing prep to store your purchases - we recommend large jars for storing dry goods like nuts or trail mix.
- Recycle your batteries: « The best way to keep batteries out of our landfills is to make sure they never get sent there. »
- Prioritize walking: Good for your health, cost-efficient, zero emissions: walking is THE means of travel to adopt in your daily life.
- Go cycling: Whether you’re using your own or the services available in your city, a bicycle is an excellent means of transport for those everyday journeys that you want to make quicker than on foot.
- Take public transit: Bus, metro, train, tram… Once the health situation has returned to normal, use public transport rather than your motor vehicle to get around. Emissions reduction guaranteed.
- Switch to electric car: More affordable, silent, and ecological, it is appealing for more than one reason! (If you are a professional, did you know that Earth Day Canada can assist you in the conversion and acquisition of light electric vehicles thanks to our brand new Transition Wow program? Now’s the time to learn more.)
- Grow your own vegetable garden (in the city or the country): Whether you are in the country with a large garden or in the city with a balcony, it is time to start growing your own vegetables and herbs. Don’t forget to leave flowers for our friends the pollinators!
- Go for natural fertilizers over chemical fertilizers: With soil depletion and loss of biodiversity, it is time to stop chemical fertilizers, even on a small scale. Use your compost or the compost from your city as a natural fertilizer for your plants. In addition to creating a healthy soil, it will make your plants happy since it provides an excellent nutrient supply.
- Plant nectar-giving plants to attract pollinators: Melliferous flowers are more nutritious for pollinators because they are rich in nectar and pollen. Often very colourful, they attract our foraging friends better and from further away.
- Contribute to greening: A filter for the air, a purifier for the water, but also socially beneficial, greening has many advantages, especially in an urban environment!
- Collect one piece of garbage per day: It may not seem like much, but imagine if each of us took advantage of our little walk to pick up a piece of garbage on the ground: our cities, beaches, and forests would be much cleaner! For those who are more sporty, we can even practice « plogging » (picking up garbage while running!). You can turn this activity into a fun game with the kids, an idea to keep in mind when the containment measures are lifted.
SOURCE : earthday.ca