Mark down these key 2023 environmental days this spring and plan to take action in your home, at your workplace and in your community. We’ve compiled a list of resources that will inspire you to be a little greener and make some small changes that will lead to big impact.
March 18 is Global Recycling Day. It’s an initiative to raise awareness to global leaders and citizens to make recycling a priority and to look at our waste as a valuable resource to repurpose. Did you know that aluminum cans can be recycled and put back on the store shelves in just 2 months? Find more recycling fun (and not so fun) facts and activities at globalrecyclingday.com.
March 20 is the Spring Equinox (first day of spring). This year, the official first day of spring will occur at 5:24 p.m. EDT for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Celebrate this day when daylight begins to win out over darkness — yay!
March 22 is World Water Day and this year’s focus is on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Learn more about how we can work together to sustainably manage this precious resource at worldwaterday.org.
March 25 is the day we all participate in Earth Hour. At 8:30 PM your local time switch off your lights for an hour and, along with millions of others, create an unmissable sight that helps draw public attention to nature loss and climate change. Visit earthhour.org to find out why this year marks the most important Earth Hour yet.
April 22 is Earth Day, an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Our friends at earthday.ca help individuals and organizations reduce their impact on the environment by taking action on Earth Day and every day. They have many great ideas for activities to organize on Earth Day. Here are a few suggestions:
- Offer to help clean up and green your neighbourhood.
- Plan an excursion with friends to a local producer.
- Organize a day to pick up used clothing or objects and bring them to a thrift store or participate in a swap.
- Invent a rainwater harvesting system for you and your neighbours.
April 15 – 22nd is International Dark Sky Week, celebrated during the new moon this month. People around the globe are encouraged to turn off their lights and observe the beauty of the night sky without light pollution. Learn more at idsw.darksky.org.
April 26 is International Stop Food Waste Day. Did you know that 33% of all food produced globally is lost or wasted every year? This is a day to ignite change on this critical issue and learn more. Start by visiting stopfoodwasteday.com (great recipes on this site too!).
Jennifer Reynolds, our previous Editor-in-Chief, is a long-time authority in gardening, do-it-yourself projects, urban sustainability, parenting, placemaking and community matters. Her features and columns have been published in Canadian Living, Canadian Family, Gardening Life, House & Home, Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star & more. Plus, her designs and expertise have been featured on dozens of HGTV, W Network and CTV shows.