“Give earth a hand”. That is the message shared globally every April 22nd with the celebration of Earth Day. Sparked by Rachel Carson’s acclaimed bestseller Silent Spring in 1962, and carried forward in 1970 by Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, the movement has always been hitched to the momentum of activism and education, beginning with student bodies. Unlike other movements, Earth Day began with emphatic support during the inaugural campaign, providing a day of activism and discussion involving over 20 million supporters from across the United States.
This April 22nd, with focus on Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, Western University staff and students as well as the London community have the exciting opportunity to contribute to a campaign that has grown to over 1 billion supporters in 192 countries over its long tenure. Seeing as we are all unified in this effort to sustain our natural world, everyone is asked to contribute, and getting involved has never been easier!
5 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day
1. Western’s 12th Annual Earth Day Colloquium- April 9th
Presented on April 9th in Western’s Physics and Astronomy Building. Completely FREE! Come celebrate, learn and discuss about environmental issues and ways to help create a healthier, more sustainable future. Come watch and listen to current Western students discuss topics related to the environment and sustainability as well as invited speakers including:
- John Dunn (Wilderness explorer & photographer)
- Mary Muter (Chair of Sierra Club Canada’s Great Lakes Section)
- Sybil Taylor (Steamwhistle Brewery)
- Sujane Kandasamy (The Starfish Canada)
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2. Earth Day Celebration- London’s Children’s Museum- April 19th
Want a fun way to get the young ones involved in the celebration? Join the Earth Day Celebration on April 19 from 10 am-5 pm at the London’s Children’s Museum. Discuss recycling, participate in the arts and crafts and contribute to an earth mural!
More information at:
3. ReForest London- Give the Gift of a Tree
You can’t go wrong with giving a tree as a celebration of Earth Day- especially in the Forest City! Check out local non-profit ReForest London’s inventive gift ideas to help spread the greenery this spring:
4. Hiking with Family or Friends
Its important to recognize what your celebrating so what better way to acknowledge the outdoors in your community than a hike around the many London trails. Take your children out for an afternoon stroll or give yourself a break from the gym and hike with a friend. Upper Thames River Conservation Authority offers various trails for hiking and biking while London has 20 designated Environmentally Significant Areas (ESA’s) suited for an outdoor adventure.
For trail details check out the links below:
Upper Thames River Conservation Authority:
City of London’s Environmentally Significant Areas:
5. London Clean & Green- April 25th
On April 25th Londoners are asked to participate in a community cleanup day to prepare London for the beautiful spring and summer weather soon to follow. Started back in 1996, the event has gained momentum in size and contribution in cleaning parks, neighbourhoods, businesses, schools, the Thames River and roadways. Help London become clean and green this Earth Day week!
For more details on the events happening on April 25th please see: