Celebrate Earth Day

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Every year on April 22, Earth Day, we remind ourselves of the environmental challenges facing our planet and come together to reduce our impact on the planet and care for our environment and community.

This Earth Day let’s commit ourselves to celebrating Earth Day every day. Here are 5 simple ways you can help:

1. Waste not, want not. When we reduce what we use, reuse what we can and recycle the rest, we save money and reduce our impact. Turn off lights and unplug electronics to conserve electricity. Office workers in Canada use, on average, 10,000 sheets of copy paper per year, so think before you print and save money, energy and paper.

2. Green up Ottawa. Every spring when the snow melts we see litter that has accumulated on our roadsides, parks and waterways. Help keep both Ottawa and Carleton beautiful by joining a ‘Cleaning the Capital’ event such as the one here, on campus this Earth Day – Wednesday, 22 April, 11.30-1 – Clean up the Campus event.

3. Buy local. Whether it is buying produce at a local farmer’s market, honey from a local beekeeper, furniture from a woodworker or bread from a local bakery, buying local helps preserve our city’s working landscape, supports a vibrant economy and reduces your carbon footprint.

4. Buy a reusable water bottle and fill it from your tap or at one of the growing number of water bottle filling stations on campus. This will help to reduce the total 1.5 million tons of plastic water bottles that are thrown out every year in North America.

5. Take time every day to appreciate our local environment. We are lucky to live in Ottawa. At lunch time, get out for a walk along the Rideau Canal, around the Arboretum or along the River and celebrate Earth Day every day.

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