Earth Hour is usually celebrated on the last Saturday in March, Earth Day on April 22, and World Environment Day in June – but celebrating doesn’t have to be restricted to just one hour or one day!
Edmonton has lots of opportunities year-round to learn about and help our planet while you celebrate what makes it awesome.
From learning about the human impact on Earth to living sustainably, here are 10 ways to be celebrate Earth all year long in Edmonton.
10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Hour All Year in Edmonton
Donate Instead of Trash
Cleaning out the basement? Clearing out the garage? Consider donating the items you no longer need, instead of tossing them in the trash. Edmonton has lots of charities and businesses looking for donations of everything from clothing to furniture.
Community gardens for both flowers and veggies are a growing trend in Edmonton, with over 80 currently operating and more coming soon. Contact your community league to see if there is one in your area. What’s better than food you grow yourself?
Classes & Workshops at the Reuse Centre
Edmonton’s Reuse Centre is more than a place to donate and find supplies for your latest project. Learn how to get creative while reducing, reusing, and recycling at home and at work through their workshops and free events.
Earth’s General Store
Earth’s General Store helps consumers buy fresh, fair trade, and organic everyday – so you can keep things sustainable and reduce your ecological footprint every day. You can use reuse containers and bags while you shop for over 400 products.They offer lots of info to help you when you shop.
9605 82 Avenue, Edmonton
Edmonton Valley Zoo
Home to over 350 animals, the Valley Zoo keeps the focus on conservation. Learn all about different animals, from feathery to furry, and celebrate the way they all call the same Earth home.
Capital City Clean Up
Help make Edmonton sparkle and shine! Capital City Clean up hosts regular litter clean up events, but they also offer free supplies so you can help clean up your community any time, whether you head to the river valley or just down the street.
John Janzen Nature Centre
Interact with and learn about nature in an urban setting at John Janzen. With interactive programs and displays, everyone will pick up something new while they explore the river valley or check out the centre’s displays.
7000 143 Street, Edmonton
Home Energy Plan
The Plan is a combined effort from the City of Edmonton and Energy Efficient Alberta to help homeowners understand energy efficiency. Plus, they offer rebates to help make your home more efficient in both big and small ways.
Telus World of Science
From the Syncrude Environment Gallery to the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, find all kinds of interactive displays that teach all about the uniqueness and awesomeness of our Earth. Parents will love it just as much as the kids!
Front Yards in Bloom
Celebrate all your neighbours are doing in their yards (or balconies) by nominating them for the Front Yards in Bloom contest. There’s even a Winterscapes version, so you can look for beauty in your community all year.
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By: Sarah Chestnutt
Sarah Chestnutt is a freelance writer and editor, working in the field for over 10 years. She calls Edmonton, home and loves to share its stories.