*Photo cred: Christine Hess Photography
What and When is Earth Day?
Earth Day is celebrated every April 22nd, and it’s when 1 billion people in over 170 countries start to address environmental issues by staging events and projects. Out of the 1 billion people from around the world that take part, 6 million of those are Canadians. It is the largest environmental event in the world.
Earth Day in the city of Niagara Falls is extra special because not only do we celebrate Earth Day, but Earth week as well, which runs from April 22nd-28th, 2018. There are a number of events that Niagara takes part in to raise awareness and bring the community together through its love of nature, as well as plenty of Earth Day activities for kids and adults in the region. This week environmentalists will recycle and conserve energy and schools will teach the importance of energy consumption.
How did Earth Day begin?
The first Earth Day, which began in 1970 in the United States, was super-headed by Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University student Denis Hayes. They inspired the US congress to pass clean air and water acts and establish the Environmental Protection Agency. The first International Earth Day was in 1990, and two million Canadians joined 141 nations in celebrating it.
Teaching Kids about Earth Day
Schools are encouraging kids to take action and come up with simple strategies to conserve energy and influence others on how easy it is to do so. They then teach that these simple solutions can be carried out from Earth week straight into a way of life for generations to come. Activities carried out on Earth week not only teach the importance of protecting the Earth, but it’s an excellent teamwork exercise encouraging cooperation while having fun and getting outdoors! They are asked the question “What are you doing for Earth Day?” Answers may be using energy-efficient appliances at home, walking to school, composting or growing their own fruits and vegetables. Here’s a few other ideas that you can adopt yourself, while stressing the importance to your kids:
Make eco-friendly snacks: Think trail mix (raisins, sunflower seeds, peanuts and almonds).
Plant a garden: Gardening will teach kids about nature and growing your own food. All natural, nothing processed.
Host a community swap: Swap out old items with someone who could use them rather than throwing them away. Grab a big group together and swap away!
www.ontario.ca suggested that you can help combat climate change and conserve energy at home with these simple, easy-to-do tasks:
- Reduce greenhouse gas pollution by walking, riding or taking public transit.
- Buy local Ontario produce and flowers.
- Conserve water with shorter showers, wash clothes in cold water, and plant drought-resistant gardens.
- Use lids while cooking to reduce energy consumption by 14%.
- Use the right size pot on the right size burner. A small pot on a large burner can waste up to 40% of heat.
- Use the microwave rather than the stove to reheat leftovers. They use up to 75% less electricity.
Earth Day 2018 events in Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls Goes Green!
When: Sunday, April 22nd, on the hour every hour for a 15 minute duration in the evening.
Earth Day at Heartland Forest
When: Sunday, April 22, 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Where: 8215 Heartland Forest Road, Niagara Falls
Bring the kids out to teach them about the environment and how important it is to protect and care for it. There will be Tree Planting, Nesting Box Installations, Spring Clean-Up, and a Live Stake Workshop. Please register before April 18th at [email protected]
Earth Day in the Niagara Glen
When: Sunday, April 22nd, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: 3050 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls
This is a FREE clean-up event hosted by the Niagara Parks. You can help to create a greener, healthier Niagara River Corridor, all while spending the day exploring one of Southern Ontario’s most beautiful hiking trails. Your day will start with a guided tour through the pristine pocket of Carolinian forest, followed up with a complimentary lunch before you join the team clean-up in the Niagara Glen.
Participants will be provided with a choice of hamburger, veggie burger, or hot dog, as well as a reusable water bottle to keep. Please wear proper footwear.
Other Niagara Region Events:
Earth Day Extravaganza
When: April 21st, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Welland Farmers’ Market (70 Young St., Welland, ON.)
The Welland Farmers’ Market will celebrate Earth Day with:
*kids crafts and face painting
*make your own seed bomb*
*help beautify the market
*FREE family fun
*while supplies last
Earth Day Celebration at Beyond Montessori School
When: April 22nd, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Beyond Montessori School, 17 Welland Av., St. Catharines, ON.
A great line up of live music, a wellness fair with environmentally conscious businesses, a bouncy castle and games, activities and crafts for the children, plus their own Earth Day mascot “Buzz” the Bee will visit.
Earth Day Celebration and Native Plant Sale at Malcolmson Eco-Park
When: April 21, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Malcolmson Eco-Park, Lakeshore Rd. & Niagara St., St. Catharines, ON. (Parking at the Grantham Lions Club)
Plant wildflowers, trees and clean up the park. Help to protect bees, butterflies and birds by planting pollinator species in the park. NATIVE PLANT SALE – featuring complete “back yard pollinator gardens” in 10 plant or 38 plant size. Free refreshments.
Spring Fair and Electronics Recycling
When: April 21, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: St. Columba Church, 7 St. Columba Dr., St. Catharines, ON.
Electronic Waste collection, Clothing Drive for CP, Vendors, Children’s crafts, games and Shriners balloon animals, Raffle (value $990), Silent auction, Door prizes, Baked goods, Pansies, and ‘Sweets Café’ lunch.
Earth Day at Welland Museum
When: April 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Welland Museum, 140 King St., Welland, ON.
Learn about feeding birds, recycling and growing your own plants. This is a free event, everyone is welcome. Donations are appreciated.
Earth Day Expo
When: April 18, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: St. Catharines Farmers Market, 91 King St., St. Catharines, ON.
This event will feature eight environmental workshops, booth displays, competitions and prizes. Special guests will include MPP Jim Bradley, MP Chris Bittle and Mayor Walter Sendzik.