Earth Day and Earth Week, 2017
Earth Week: April 16th to 22nd, Earth Day: April 22nd
Celebrated annually on April 22, Earth Day is a global event to create awareness for environmental conservation and to encourage people to be more environmentally conscience and take action to reduce environmental impacts.
More than 6 million Canadians join 1 billion people from over 170 different countries to participate in Earth Day celebrations and events. The City of Niagara Falls shows its dedication to environmental conservation not only by celebrating Earth Day, but also by celebrating Earth Week—an entire week dedicated to environmental conservation and awareness.
Earth Week is a time to promote awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment, sustainable living and earth awareness. Environmentalists all over the world will recycle, conserve energy and teach the importance of energy conservation this earth week. Earth Week will run from April 16th to Earth Day, April 22nd. For more info, you can visit www.earthday.ca.
How YOU can support Earth Week
Residents are inspired to be more environmentally conscience, and take action to reduce the environmental footprint of their school or workplace. The purpose of Earth Week is to teach people simple strategies to conserve energy and participate in environmental conservation and demonstrate how easy it is to conserve energy without causing any inconveniences. The City of Niagara Falls encourages residents to participate in activities that create a healthier environment, setting an example for the next generation. Activities can be continued outside of Earth Week and be applied all year. Earth Week is a great opportunity to create team building exercises involving environmental activities, encouraging cooperation, teamwork and fun! Residents are also encouraged to share positive, exciting and unique stories about how they support environmental conservation (ie. composting at home, walking to school, purchasing energy efficient appliances, reusing old products, homegrown fruits/veggies, etc.) to inspire others to follow by example.
Here are some great ideas to consider while planning your Earth Week activities:
- Encourage family, friends, schools, businesses and organizations to participate.
- Sign-up for the Annual Community Clean Sweep Day.
- Trees for Schools - find a sponsor to donate a tree for your school to commemorate Earth Week.
- Leave your car at home for the week. Utilize public transit or walk/bike.
- Plan a "Litter-less Lunch" week.
- "Turn out the lights", energy conservation. Plan activities all week with the lights out.
- Composting. Make an effort to compost daily. Compost bins are available at most retail outlets.
- Battery Collection Day/ Cell Phone Collection Day
- Adopt-A-Program. Consider getting a group together to adopt a City street, park, walkway or trail (turn off the air conditioning). This would involve removing debris from your adopted area at least 3 times a year. Online applications are available.
- Ditch the Plastic. Remove all of your plastic bags and start your week off fresh by buying reusable cloth shopping bags.
- For new parents, consider using cloth diapers.
- Think before you print.
March 25, 2017 - 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Earth Hour is a global grass-roots movement encouraging individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take positive actions for the environment, and celebrating their commitment to the planet by switching off their lights for one designated hour.
Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries/territories participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Coliseum and our Niagara Falls all stood in darkness, as symbols of hope for a cause that grows more urgent by the hour.
Each year, Earth Hour aims to show the actions that people, businesses and governments world-wide are taking to reduce their environmental impact. Thereby establishing and encouraging others to join an interconnected global community engaged in dialogue and resource sharing that generates real solutions to environmental challenges.
The annual highlight of Earth Hour sees the world’s most iconic landmarks go dark for one designated hour, as hundreds of millions of people transcend race, religion, culture, society, generation and geography, switching off their lights in a global celebration of their commitment to protect the one thing that unites us all - the planet.
We ask you to consider participating this year by turning off your lights at your residents and place of business. Let’s show the world that Niagara Falls is an earth friendly City!