April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day. Inspired by the environment and the planet in which we live on, our global community celebrates today, April 22 as Earth Day. Earth Day intends to cultivate an awareness and sensitivity to our changing planet and how we all can reduce our impact on the environment everyday.

Taking small considerations in your life can help reduce the amount of waste you produce and increase the energy you conserve. Here is a list of ten things you can do to support a healthier environment.

1. Smart shopping
· Buy what you need, not what you want
· Consider renting and borrowing things that are seldom needed
· Buy used items from garage sales and second-hand stores
2. Simple savers
· Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
· Use aerators on faucets and shower heads
· Weatherstrip windows and doors
3. Transportation alternatives
· Walk, cycle, car pool and use public transportation
· When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure
· Consider car sharing programs or renting
4. Food choices
· Choose local and organic foods that are in season and support local food producers
· Eat less meat, and only eat meat that is humanely farmed.
5. Washing and drying
· Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry
6. Heating and cooling
· For summer air conditioning, set your thermostat to 24°C or 25°C
· For winter heating, set your thermostat to 19°C or 20°C
· Install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats
7. Close to home
· Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible
8. Bathroom basics
· Take short showers instead of baths
· Close water taps while brushing your teeth
9. Careful cleaning
· Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products
· Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water
10. Don’t discard
· Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the trash
· Harmful materials like chemicals, batteries, electronics, etc. should be taken to local hazardous waste depots or recyclers

April 22nd – 26th, 2009
Opening Reception today from 5:00 – 8:00 pm
2231 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

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