Earth Day Canada issues challenge to all Canadians

On April 1, join the conversation on Facebook for daily reminders, more ideas and super challenges

Actions that are good for the environment are also good for our health.

Earth Day Canada is issuing an action-based challenge during April urging all Canadians (kids, classrooms, groups, businesses, individuals and families) to make positive changes to their daily habits.

Called Act for the Planet, the challenge runs from April 1 to April 30, 2013, and encourages people to take up activities that will demonstrate just how easy it is to make daily routines greener (and healthier).

“We know that beyond air, food and water quality, the types of products we use on a daily basis, as well as the amount of activity we get, can have substantial effects on our health and the environment,” says Jed Goldberg, President of Earth Day Canada. “These campaigns help inform people about the environmental and health impacts of the decisions they make on a daily basis, while encouraging them to adopt behaviours that will improve the health of their families and communities.”

Earth Day Canada’s EcoKids program, with prizing from Sony Canada, is offering kids a chance to get involved on their own terms. Kids will have all month long to do something good for the planet (and remind their parents to do their part, too!)

Fun and easy actions with step-by-step guides include; Build a Bug House, Grow and Eat Sprouts, Reconnect with Nature, Swap Stuff, or Start an Anti-idling Campaign.

For the rest of us, lifestyle choices are typically based on convenience, complacency and habit, but these come with a price. Take the 30-challenge to help you make better decisions about what you do, eat, drink and what resources you use. Try something new each day that’s good for you and the planet.

On April 1, join the conversation on Facebook for daily reminders, more ideas and “super challenges!” Or visit and download the checklist to work through the actions at your own pace. Join other Canadians this spring to make change a habit.