Happy Earth Day! This annual celebration of our planet is observed in 175 countries, according to Wikipedia. There is an event here in Edmonton to mark the occasion of course, but this year is particularly important as we’re hosting the 2009 ICLEI World Congress from June 14th to 18th. The conference takes place every three years and provides governments from around the world with an opportunity to discuss environmental sustainability. For Edmonton, it’s an opportunity showcase just how green we are!
Featuring 6 hours of mainstage entertainment, a blend of environmental, wholistic, animal and human rights exhibitors, hands on environmental education activities for the kids, body friendly food and more – this is one of Canada’s largest environmental festivals.
Head down to Hawrelak Park on Sunday, April 26th from noon until 6:00pm to join in the festivities, and check out the Facebook group for more information. You might also want to visit the ETS Community Fair on Saturday, April 25th to celebrate the opening of the latest LRT extension.
Celebrating Earth Day is great, but it would be better to make every day Earth Day. Here are some local tools to help you go green:
- EcoVision is Edmonton’s vision for an environmentally sustainable city. They’ve put together a Green Resource Guide (pdf).
- Carpool.ca to find a ride share partner.
- Shop at Carbon Environmental Boutique downtown for environmentally friendly products.
- Check out the calculators and other resources at Zerofootprint Edmonton.
- Read about electricity and water efficiency guides, tips, and calculators from Epcor.
- Learn more about they city’s initiatives for sustainable transportation.
- Visit the Reuse Centre for a treasure trove of donated items.
- Consider using Bullfrog Power.
- Check out the Green Edmonton site.
Carrying a reusable bag to the store and using a reusable coffee mug are a couple of other simple things you can do. I take my reusable coffee mug to work every day, but I usually make my coffee at home. On Earth Day however, I always go to Starbucks for free coffee!
Finally, as my Mom likes to say: reduce, reuse, and recycle!