Earth Day is held every year on April 22. Initiated in 1970 it is the largest, most recognized environmental event in the world. More than six million Canadians join one billion people in over 170 countries to address local environmental issues that affect our economies, our health, and our planet’s ability to support us.
“Of all our day-to-day activities, our food choices have a single-most significant impact on our personal environmental footprint,” said Robin Sauvé, Leader of Community Initiatives, Environmental Programs & Services for The City of Calgary. “The good news is, it’s easy to make changes that lower our own contribution to the carbon crisis.”
Try rethinking everyday actions to affect to climate change:
- Incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet. Make a commitment to a day a week like Meatless Mondays.
- Eat less processed food and choose whole foods instead. It takes a lot of energy to process food and it’s not as good for you as fresh food.
- Buy organic and or more locally grown, locally produced food. Consider just how far your food has to travel.
- Buy food with little packaging. Carry a reusable water bottle rather than buy water in plastic bottles.
Visit calgary.ca/footprint for more great ideas and find out how you can take action 365 days a year.