Top 10 Actions for Earth Day 2009

Earth Day 2009, April 22, isn't about a single action you can do to support a healthier environment. Instead, Earth Day is seen by many as a catalyst for change and a day to renew a personal commitment to support a healthier environment.

To encourage further environmental action, Earth Day Canada's EcoAction Teams program offers the Top 10 Actions for Earth Day 2009 to help Canadians reduce their impact on the environment everyday.

"Earth Day Canada's EcoAction Teams program wants to support Canadians as they move to live more responsibly with the environment. The Top 10 Actions are simple tips to get the ball rolling," says Cheryl Gudz, Manager of the EcoAction Teams program. "Once people realize how simple it is to conserve at home and on the go, it can quickly become a way of life."

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

1. 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

2. Simple savers

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs

  • Use aerators on faucets and shower heads

  • Weatherstrip windows and doors

3. 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

4. Food choices

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

  • Eat less meat

5. Washing and drying

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

6. Heating and cooling

  • In the summer, set your thermostat to 24°C or 25°C

  • In the winter, set your thermostat to 19°C or 20°C

  • Install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats

7. Close to home

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

8. Bathroom basics

  • Take short showers instead of baths

  • Close water taps while brushing your teeth

9. Careful cleaning

  • Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products

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

10. 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


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