Earth Day: Protect the Land
In our opinion Hope, Cascades and Canyons is arguably one of the most pristine and picturesque regions of the province. At the confluence of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers and surrounded by the Cascade Mountain Range, the benefits of nature in this region are limitless. And when you add on the many lakes, streams, forests and wildlife varieties in the vicinity there is no denying that this area is a gift worth protecting!
WHAT IS EARTH DAY?
Earth Day originated in 1970 due to the tireless efforts of an American senator who was concerned about the harmful effects of widespread pesticide usage and the aftermath of an oil spill in California. Although it began as an American movement, Earth Day is now an international phenomenon, celebrated every year on April 22nd. It is now recognized as a day to raise awareness about climate change and global warming, and it serves to inspire us to act towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation. Communities, cities, provinces, states and countries all over the world organize and encourage events and conversations that will inspire its residents to make changes that will become a part of their everyday routines. Hope, Cascades and Canyons is proud to be a supporter of earth friendly initiatives, not just on Earth Day, but year-round!
One area that really makes a difference in reducing our carbon footprint is the use of electric vehicles. EV’s use an electric motor powered by electricity from batteries or a fuel cell rather than gasoline or diesel. With no tailpipe, pure electric cars produce no carbon dioxide emissions when driving. This reduces air pollution considerably, improving public health and reducing ecological damage. EV’s also help with noise pollution. As the cars are far quieter than conventional vehicles, driving electric creates a more peaceful environment for us all.
Simply put, EV’s give us cleaner streets making our town a better place to be for pedestrians and cyclists. Hope and area is proud to be expanding its offering of charging stations to those who have invested in driving emission-free vehicles. Click here to find an EV station near you!
HOW YOU CAN PLAY A PART
All it takes is few small steps to make a difference in protecting our land. You can start at home, at work, or in your community. We’ve got a few ideas to inspire you below and if you want to try some more you can visit EarthDay.ca for more info.
- Inspire those around you to take action by posting to your social media accounts or spark a conversation with someone in person.
- Plant something.
- Park the car and walk or hop on your bike.
- Choose reusable cloth bags over plastic.
- Collect one piece of garbage per day.
- Eat local and in-season.
- Trade items with a neighbour instead of purchasing new.
- Get involved as a volunteer or become a member of an environmental organization.
- Drop by Memorial Park on Saturday, April 24th to pick up your supplies to participate in a socially distanced community cleanup.
- Drop by for our Earth Day Clean-Up in Memorial Park on Saturday, April 24th to drop off items such as paint cans, batteries, unused cell phones and more, in our conveniently placed recycling bins.
This Earth Day let’s take heed the words of the Stó:lō people who have resided here since time immemorial and “Xólhmet mekw’ewát it kwelát” (take care of everything that belongs to us).