Spending so much time by the lake gives cottagers a special appreciation for the environment, and the month of April provides the perfect opportunity to prove it. With Earth Day falling on the 22nd, and celebrations taking place throughout the month, you can join the more than 6 million Canadians that will participate in Earth Day activities to help their local environment. Here are just a few examples of what you can take part in.
Rain barrel sales
A great way to continually help the earth—particularly the lake you cottage on—is to minimize water runoff, and installing a rain barrel so that you can catch rainfall before it hits the ground, is a great way to do so. A variety of communities are offering sales on rain barrels over the next month. To find one near you, visit earthday.ca.
Public tree planting
Partake in one of the many tree-planting events taking place across the GTA. The Earth Day Community Tree Planting Festival in Burlington, Ontario is a free event that will allow you to plant trees among other festivities, including live entertainment, guided bird tours, eco exhibits, expert talks, and more. If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, you can try something like Tree Planting at Rouge Park. On the other side of the country, you’ll find more pulling than planting, with events such as the Invasive Plant Pull and Restoration in Nelson, B.C., where an afternoon of invasive plant management is paired with music, info booths, food, and beverages.
Community clean ups
Happening in various locations across the country, community clean ups often add an element of fun to merely picking up garbage with organizers often hosting barbecues for participants, and even giving away prizes for those able to gather the most trash. These clean ups are not only an opportunity to make positive change, but they can also act as the perfect excuse to spend some time with loved ones, and maybe even get some healthy competition going.
The range of events being held at the many Earth Day festivals taking place seem limitless, meaning there’s something for everyone. Enjoy an array of live entertainment and handmade treasures at the 7th annual Bloomin’ Earth Festival—Kitchener’s largest Earth Day event—or build your own bird or bee box at EarthFest in Burnaby, British Columbia.
For a complete list of Earth Day events or to find out what’s happening near you, visit earthday.ca. If you’re looking for more ways to help the environment year-round, check out our 2013 Earth Day eco-guide.