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Top 10 Actions for Earth Day 2009

Blog by Kim Learn | April 21st, 2009

Earth Day Canada’s Top 10 Actions for Earth Day 2009

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

Simple savers

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs

  • Use aerators on faucets and shower heads

  • Weatherstrip windows and doors

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

Food choices

  • Choose local and organic foods that are in season and support local food producers

  • Eat less meat

Washing and drying

  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry

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

Close to home

  • Vacation, travel and work as close to home as possible

Bathroom basics

  • Take short showers instead of baths

  • Close water taps while brushing your teeth

Careful cleaning

  • Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products

  • Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water

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


With Earth Day Canada’s EcoAction Teams program, individuals can commit to environmental action, households can reduce consumption and municipalities can became leaders in promoting sustainable behaviour. Reduce your impact on the environment with the EcoAction Teams program, this Earth Day and everyday!

To sign up to the EcoAction Teams program or to learn more about environmental action and education, visit www.earthday.ca.

About Earth Day Canada
Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in 1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was recognized as the top environmental education organization in North America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for Environmental Education, the world’s largest association of environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada’s “Outstanding Non-profit Organization” by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of organizations in all parts of Canada. www.earthday.ca

Contact: Keith Treffry | Communications Director | Earth Day Canada | 416.599.1991 x 107 | keith@earthday.ca