Monday, April 20, 2009

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is this Wednesday April 22! You can find us this Wednesday on Breakfast Television on City TV, as well this weekend we will be at the Green Living Show at the CNE. Please stop by and say hi. We will also be participating in Earth Day at Downsview Park on Sunday. As you know, spring is upon us, and with spring comes the beginning of all the fresh local produce. For the week of April 27, you will see the very first of it, which will be chives! There will be more to come in the following weeks.
Here are Earth Day Canada’s Top Ten Actions to Help the Environment:
1.Smart Shopping
* “Buy what you need, not what you want”
* Consider renting and borrowing things that are seldom needed
* Buy used items from garage sales and second-hand stores
2. Simple Savers
* Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulb
* Use aerators on faucets and shower heads
* Weather strip windows and doors
3. Transportation Alternatives
* Walk, cycle, car pool and use public transportation
* When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure
* Consider car sharing programs or renting
4. Food Choices
* Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers
* Eat less meat
5. Washing and Drying
* Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry
6. Heating and cooling
* In the summer, set your thermostat to 24°C or 25°C
* In the winter, set your thermostat to 19°C or 20°C
* Install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats
7. Close to Home
* Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible
8. Bathroom Basics
* Take short showers instead of baths
* Close water taps while brushing your teeth
9. Careful Cleaning
* Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products
* Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water
10. Don’t Discard
* Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the trash
* Harmful materials like chemicals, batteries, electronics, etc. should be taken to local hazardous waste depots or recyclers

Here’s what you can expect at Downsview park, Sunday April 26
“This year Earth Day at Downsview Park also features environmentally-friendly exhibits, activities and entertainment – rain or shine – for the whole family! Corporate and community groups and members of the public are invited to Earth Day at Downsview Park to leave their legacy and help create a sustainable community for future generations by planting 2000 trees in Downsview Park’s Canada Forest.
This year’s Earth Day entertainment and activities include:
The Green Pavilion offers food, crafts and products by eco-friendly vendors and exhibitors.
The City of Toronto’s Environment Day is collecting all your used household items and make sure they get recycled or reused by folks who want and need them. Best of all, you’ll be keeping your junk out of the landfill, so everyone wins.
Interactive exhibits by Creepy Crawlers, the Canadian Raptor Conservatory, Reptilia and Toronto Conservation’s Watershed on Wheels – showcase fun ways to learn about nature and the environment.
The Kids Area features arts and crafts, origami, buskers, face painting, nature walks and more!
Our Main Stage salutes the best in up and coming enviro-focused musical entertainment by Mr. Something Something & the SoundCycle, and will feature educational animal shows by the Canadian Raptor Conservatory and Reptilia