Earth Day Canada is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2016. Most of us usually take the day to turn off or reduce all of our electronics and energy consumption appliances in order to reduce energy consumption. But Earth Day is much more than a one-day, week or month event of the year.
Earth Day is intended to shift our consumption habits to become more sustainable all year round. From electricity usage to proper waste and recycling disposal. If you’re a regular reader of our blog you will recall our Earth Day statistics infographic covering some eye-opening environmental facts. While we are moving towards more sustainable practices there is more each of us can do, both as individuals and organizations.
That is exactly what Earth Day means to us…
To always be mindful of our waste, pollution and excessive energy consumption.
Drive to work every day? Try carpooling or taking public transit once or twice a week.
Use a lot of electronics? Plug them into energy-saving power outlets to conserve electricity when they’re idle.
Do you recycle? According to the infographic mentioned above, only 25% of paper was recycled in Canada in 2014. Make sure that all of your recyclable items are sorted properly. Batteries, paper, electronics, etc.
A Starting Point
While certain actions towards reducing our carbon footprint are straight forward, others require more knowledge or resources. How to recycle old computers and cell phones? Difference between incandescent, fluorescent and LED light bulbs?
Fortunately Earth Day Canada has developed a great web domain full of content suited for all walks of life: employees, kids, organizations and green conscientious individuals.
A Global Effort
Earth Day is recognized by over 190 countries world-wide. It illustrates the importance we need to place on preserving our planet. Whether we reside in a fully developed economy or a newly emerging one, steps can be taken to ensure a more ecological approach to an ever increasing global population.
Working together has never been of more importance and the sooner each individual or organization makes a positive change, the sooner our collective efforts will start to yield positive results.
That is what Earth Day means to us, what does it mean for you?