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Earth Day’s 50th Shell-abration

By April 20, 2020 No Comments

People had had enough, as unregulated pollutants filled the sky, a river erupted into flames, and oil soaked wildlife perished before their eyes. Millions came together to speak up for the environment and fifty years ago the first Earth Day was born. Once again we are called upon to give our environment and all of its inhabitants a voice. This year’s Earth Day theme is “climate action” and now more than ever is the time to embrace our role as environmental stewards and ‘shell’abrate our planet!

We have a few quick suggestions of how you can spend this Earth Day!

1) Green up your thumb

Did you know that having plants in your home not only lowers your stress levels but it also boosts concentration and productivity? Whether you are sprucing up the backyard with a few perennials or adding a hanging basket to the balcony there are endless ways to bring nature into your home. Plus, if you want a fun and engaging activity for kids, try making earth day seed bombs! We have easy to follow instructions you can use.

Click Here for Instructions!

2) Audit yourself

Sounds fun, right? I’m speaking of a waste audit of course! Do you know how much single-use plastic your household uses? How about if all members of the family know what goes in the blue bin? Now would be a great time to take a peek in your waste bins and find out! Use your audit as a way to improve your waste habits, are there small things you can change immediately to help the environment?

3) Watch a nature show

We are constantly learning new exciting things about our oceans, why not learn a few new tidbits yourself? After all, the more informed you are, the better environmental advocate you can be! There are plenty of options at your disposal when it comes to nature shows. I may be a little biased but I would always suggest one that features the blue parts of our planet.

4) Become a citizen scientist

Becoming a scientist has never been easier or more rewarding! You can help track species, collect samples and contribute to data sets that guide scientific research. Browse an in-depth list of projects that need volunteers here: Scistarter.org/finder and get researching! My personal favourites are turtle tallies, any excuse to go searching for turtles is awesome in my books!

How will you spend your Earth Day? Why not share below?

AuthorKatelyn

Katelyn has been a member of the education staff at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for the past three years. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology, minoring in Environmental Resource Management. She then continued her studies at the University of British Columbia where she studied the physiology of fishes and received a Master of Science degree in Zoology.

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