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 20th-24th, 2015. There are a number of events that Niagara takes part in to raise awareness and bring the community together through its love of nature…and there are 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 2015 in Niagara Falls
Arbour Day at Firemen’s Park on April 24th, 2015 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Students and volunteers will be on site to help plant 30 to 40 native trees as well as over 1,500 wild flower plugs to develop a pollinator garden. Everyone is encouraged to join in! Land Care Niagara, Niagara Restoration Council, the Niagara Falls Horticultural Society, the Niagara Falls Sunrise Rotary Club, the Park in the City Committee and the SCVFA will also be available to help with these plantings.
Firemen’s Park is located at 2275 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls.
Niagara College – Welland Campus
Niagara College will be hosting a special community event to celebrate Earth Day this year. The event will be held at the Welland Campus on April 25, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All are welcome.
For more information on this event, please visit the Niagara College website by clicking here.
Community Clean Sweep Day on May 2nd, 2015
Twice each year, volunteers scatter throughout our Niagara Falls parks, trails, and streets with recycling and garbage bags, collecting litter to clean up the environment.
This year’s event starts at Mick & Angelo’s Eatery at 7600 Lundy’s Lane beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at 12:00 pm. Please arrive prior to 9:00 am to get properly suited up!
If interested in helping out, please click this volunteer form.
Make Earth Day an overnight trip and see all that Niagara Falls has to offer!
There are so many Niagara Falls parks, trails and gardens to explore that you most definitely will want to stay the night! The Clifton Hill Niagara Falls Hotel is located just minutes from all of Niagara’s natural beauty has exceptional mid-week rates in April that you can take advantage of. Since Earth Day is on April 22nd and falls on a Wednesday, you can expect affordable special rates! This offer won’t last for long as Niagara’s tourism season heats up in the next couple of weeks, so it’s the perfect time to get in on mid-week specials!
Nature Spots In Niagara Falls on Earth Day
The Niagara Region is surrounded by natural beauty! Grab the kids and have a picnic, or visit the Botanical Gardens, Dufferin Islands, Heartland Forest, Queen Victoria Park, the Niagara River Trail and Queenston Heights for starters. There is so much to see and do in Niagara Falls on Earth Day and one of the wonderful Guest Service Agents at the Clifton Hill Niagara Falls Hotel will gladly help you with you with your itinerary:
What are YOU doing to help out on Earth Day? Leave your comments and help to spread the importance of this environmental event! Share your knowledge, we want to hear from you.