Earth Day is Every Day

March 29, 2022 | Diana L.

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Every year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd. While most environmentalists, scientists, outdoor and enthusiasts celebrate, protect and appreciate Earth on a daily basis, let's treat 2022 as the year to do the same.

Every day presents a fresh opportunity to learn something new, to take steps to be more Earth-friendly, and to invite others to help make a more positive impact on our beloved planet.

At Toronto Public Library, we aim to raise awareness of different ways to learn, love and care for Earth through our environmental program series, Our Fragile Planet, supported by TD Friends of the Environment (TD FEF) since 2015.

Our Fragile Planet Live & Online cover of a bright green seedling sprouting from soil.

 

Here are five ideas (one for each week of April as a starting point 😊), with book recommendations, upcoming and recorded Live & Online programs, and other library resources on how you can make every day a mini Earth Day celebration.

 

A collage of five speakers from the program Blackness in the Environmental Movement.
Meet the speakers of the program - The Water is Troubled: Blackness in the Environmental Movement.

1. Learn about intersectional environmentalism, an inclusive form of environmental action that includes advocating for the protection of all people and the planet. Here are some topics explored by recent Live & Online presenters, you can watch the replays on Crowdcast:

 

Life of a tree Live & Online cover.
Photo courtesy of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

2. Appreciate the small things (and not-so-small things) in nature by learning how to identify, nurture, or protect different species in the wild.

 

A woman in front of a sewing machine smiling.
Nita Goswami, one of the City of Toronto Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions leads a sewing workshop on how to repurpose clothes.

3. Transition towards a circular economy by reducing waste and maximizing resources by moving away from the linear take-make-and-dispose approach. Here are some ways to do that:

 

Chef Bashir of Nomadic Comfort Food Live & Online cover.
Join Chef Bashir for dinner at the Live & Online program, Nomadic Comfort Food.

4. Learn about local and international environmental issues.

 

2021 Environmentalist in Residence Junaid Khan with a pair of binoculars around his neck, standing in front of a waterfall.
Meet Junaid Khan, TPL's 2021 Environmentalists in Residence.

5. Get out there and take action – big and small actions can all make a positive impact.

 

What are some of the ways you celebrate Earth Day every day? Share in the comments below!

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