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Earth Day

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Living with an “Every day is Earth Day” Mentality

​​Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated around the world on April 22nd.  It was first celebrated back in 1970 and has since then marked the beginning of a challenge for all to think of ways to live in a more sustainable manner.  On Earth Day people all over the world participate in events and activities to reduce their environmental footprint.  The celebrations range from one day to week long challenges in which citizens do their best to live in a more environmentally friendly manner.  For one day we take a serious look at what we are doing to our planet and try to find ways to reduce the negative impact upon it.  We feel great about our actions. 
 

Unfortunately, for most individuals, once April 22nd has passed, we quickly fall back into old habits and Earth Day is long forgotten.  

As Canadians living in a highly industrialized country we don’t need anyone to tell us that we cannot continue to live in the manner in which they have been accustomed.  We must make long term changes to keep our planet healthy.  If our planet is to sustain life, we must make every day Earth Day! 

To take the “Earth Day Challenge Quiz” or for more information abou​t Earth Day and what you can do to protect your environment, please visit the websites below:


Earth Day: History of the Movement

​http://www.earthday.org/ea​rth-day-history-movement


Ecological Footprint FAQ

http://www.earthday.org/footprintfaq

 

Earth Day Canada: Top 10 Actions

http://www.earthday.ca/resources/top-10-actions

 

10 Things You Can Do This Earth Day (And Every Day)

http://www.rustletheleaf.com/10things.html

 

10 Things You Can Do To Help Save the Earth

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/save-earth-top-ten.htm

 

40 Things You Can Do To Save the Planet

http://www.epa.gov/region9/newsevents/images/40things-poster.pdf

  

Take the Earth Day Challenge Quiz!

Test your knowledge. Indicate whether each statement is True or False.

1.   ​_____ You should turn off the lights when nobody is in a room. 

2.   _____ Turning off appliances that are not in use is sufficient.  There is no need to unplug them as no energy is being used.

3.   _____ Using both sides of a sheet of paper will reduce waste and save trees.

4.   _____ Keeping your car properly maintained and the tires properly inflated will decrease wear and save you money in the long run.

5.   _____ DMCI participates yearly in a Plastic Bag Round Up Challenge. Clean plastic bags can be brought to Mrs. Vieira in room 45.

6.   _____ Simple natural cleaners can be made with simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water.

7.   _____ Products that are heavily packaged are better for you and the environment.

8.   _____ Composting is important because it reduces the amount of solid waste being taken to landfills.

9.   _____ Plastic bottles are practical and good for the environment.

10.  _____ Going easy on the accelerator and using cruise control will save you money and fuel.

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ANSWERS 

1.   TRUE. Turning off lights when you are not in a room, saves energy. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious.

2.   FALSE. Appliances still use up energy when plugged in but not used.

3.   TRUE. Using the other side of paper cuts pollution almost in half! Every year, after the paper making process, pulp mills release over four trillion litres of chlorine-tainted water back into the environment. Use recycled paper – especially chlorine free recycled paper.

4.   TRUE. Yearly, Canadians waste millions of litres of gas because of under-inflated tires and improperly maintained vehicles. Keep your vehicle running green, you’ll save money and reduce emissions.

5.   TRUE. Clean plastic bags can be brought to Ms. Vieira’s Room 45 through the “Plastic Bag Roundup Challenge”. The bags are given to a local elementary school to add to their final count. This keeps plastic bags out of the landfill.

6.   TRUE. These simple and environmentally friendly ingredients make great household cleaners. Some store bought cleaning products that contain chlorine or petroleum distillates that expose your family to toxins and end up in the ecosystem.

7.   FALSE. When shopping, purchase products with the least amount of packaging.

8.   TRUE. Composting reduces the amount of solid waste you produce yearly by taking up less space in landfills. Also compost makes a great natural fertilizer.

9.   FALSE. Carry your own reusable bottles like stainless steel. They are non-toxic and durable.

10. TRUE. Go easy on the accelerator! Driving the speed limit increases your mileage, in turn saving money at the gas pump.

SOURCES: Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (energyefficiency.org); Statistics Canada (statcan.gc.ca); World Bank Organization; Canadian Living's Guide to Green Living​.​​​​​

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