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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 about Earth Day and what you can do
to protect your environment, please visit the websites below:
Earth Day: History of the Movement
Ecological Footprint FAQ
Earth Day Canada: Top 10 Actions
10 Things You Can Do This Earth Day (And Every Day)
10 Things You Can Do To Help Save the Earth
40 Things You Can Do To Save the Planet
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.
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
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.