Today millions of Canadians join their fellow earthlings to celebrate Earth Day 2009. This is a world wide celebration to bring awareness to the plight of planet earth and what we as individual residents can do to help her. Throughout Canada there are specially planned events to quiet observance. There are tree planting events and students are learning more about earth friendly aka eco-friendly things they can do as individuals.
Ontario is currently the second greenest province in Canada, British Columbia is the greenest and Prince Edward is the brownest (here). Ontario continues to strive towards eco-friendly living. In some areas of the GTA even kitchen waste is recycled. Today the further banning of cosmetic pesticide first announced a year ago on Earth Day was strengthened today (more here) making the Ontario ban the toughest in Canada. Quebec is the only other province with a similar pesticide ban. Loblaws have announced the end to free grocery bags Canada wide. They will now charge 5¢ per bag in an effort to reduce the amount of plastic bags going into Canadian landfills. Toronto announced that city wide beginning in June all retailers must charge 5¢ per plastic bag also in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastics going into landfills. With this ruling it will only be a matter of time before this decision spreads across Ontario.
Please comment on this post as to what you did to celebrate Earth Day as well as any highlights that your province did for Earth Day.
Happy Earth Day!
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