We are weary from dealing with the pandemic, but a bigger crisis looms.
Over a year ago, the world as we knew it came to an abrupt halt to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. As weary as we may be, we continue to do everything we can to curb the spread of this virus.
Now a larger problem is upon us, looming behind the pandemic, and that problem is climate change. Imagine what the world would look like if we took the same immediate and decisive action that we have used to stop the pandemic to tackle climate change.
This Thursday, April 22, we celebrate Earth Day.
As Living Green Barrie marks its 30th anniversary this year, we are asking everyone to look ahead 30 years from now. What will Barrie and the Lake Simcoe area look like? Will the city be full of green innovation, clean transportation and sustainable initiatives? Will our kids grow up having memories such as swimming at a clean Centennial Beach, or hiking in nature on the waterfront trail along Kempenfelt Bay? The answer depends on how citizens, businesses and local leaders choose to act in this moment of climate urgency.
In 1962, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring raised public awareness on environmental issues. In 1969, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson saw a need to recognize and take action on environmental issues such as oil spills, air pollution and water pollution. On April 22, 1970, he helped launch the first Earth Day. Fifty-one years have passed since then.
How are you recognizing Earth Day in 2021? If you are feeling overwhelmed about where to start, Living Green Barrie is here to help with 10 attainable actions on climate that individuals can take to create a healthy, sustainable, and vibrant city and lakeside community.
- Be Hopeful. We already have the tools to tackle climate change, we just have to start using them.
- Invest in Green. Are your investments funding a green future?
- Reduce Waste. Commit to Earth Day by taking responsibility for all the things (plastic, food, water, emails, etc.) we let into our lives.
- Plant Trees. Support Living Green Barrie’s 10,000 Trees for Barrie campaign.
- Vote, lobby, protest, learn and share.
- Tread Lightly. Drive less and fly less. Bike, walk, make the switch to electric or use public transit.
- Power Down. Be energy efficient in both hot and cold seasons.
- Eat More Plants… by eating less animal products. Enjoy the bounty of September’s local gardens.
- Plant Even More Trees. Plant a tree in your yard or join a community tree planting event.
- Buy Less Stuff. Focus on quality over quantity.
Start with one action and be inspired to move forward from there.
No one is perfect, but if we all start taking imperfect action, imagine the changes we would see.
Thirty years from now, our children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy lakeside activities, just as we have enjoyed them.
To learn more about Living Green Barrie’s 10 actions for climate and more on our programs, please visit: https://www.livinggreenbarrie.com/
Blog and photo by Living Green Barrie. Living Green Barrie’s mission is to guide citizens, businesses and local leaders toward actions that foster sustainability and resilience in the Barrie and Lake Simcoe community.