Gwen Leron: 50 Shades of Green


Will You Act for the Planet?

A Fun Challenge Issued By Earth Day Canada

Going green can be an overwhelming task for some. Where do I start? Am I doing enough? Will doing this small thing really make a difference? Rest assured, each little thing you do is step in the right direction and will make a difference. And yes, it can be a bit overwhelming at first, but from experience, I know that once you start making little changes, they really become second nature and it then becomes easier to move on to the bigger things!

If you are just starting out, try using reusable bags, reducing the amount of plastic you bring into your home, or beginning to use eco-friendly cleaners. We all have to start somewhere and even if you just start with little things, it's better than doing nothing at all.

Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22, is just around the corner and this year the people at Earth Day Canada will be launching a fun new challenge called Act for the Planet. The challenge, which runs from April 1st to April 30th 2013, encourages everyone to make positive, eco-friendly changes to their daily habits. You can download their .pdf checklist here that contains one action per day along with helpful links and directions if needed. Items on the checklist include turning down the thermostat few degrees, doing a nature hunt, participating in meatless Monday and more. I love this challenge because it such a great way to get the kids interested and involved. I’m sure that each day they will look forward to learning what the next action is.

As a bonus, kids and educators who participate will have the chance to win great prizes just for doing something good for the planet.  

For more info, check out the Earth Day Canada Facebook page where you can join in on the conversation and get more green-act inspiration by hearing what others are doing to make their lives a little greener.

Have you recently started doing something new that is considered to be eco-friendly? Has it now become a regular habit?