It’s Earth Day, Ottawa

It’s Earth Day, Ottawa! Let’s celebrate. Let’s also take one small step – each – away from messing up the planet.

Since 1970, April 22 has been devoted to environmental awareness and action. Annually on this date, over a billion people around the world focus on eco issues and activities. After all, we all want Mother Earth to stay in good shape for the generations to come. Here in Ottawa, this day can serve as a catalyst, spurring us to make changes, take responsibility and lessen our impact on the environment.

Here’s what’s happening locally:

Capital is holding a 1000 Tree Giveaway at Ottawa City Hall. For a $1 donation, the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation will plant a tree on your behalf. This opportunity is from noon to 1 p.m. at 110 Laurier Avenue West.

On Victoria Island at the Chaudiere Bridge, Earth Day, Every Day is taking place in the afternoon. A ceremony and drumming begin at 1 p.m. and festivities end with a shared meal at 4 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a dish (in a non-disposable container) for sharing, as well as a chair and a water bottle.

At the Canadian Museum of Nature, there’s free admission on Earth Day, so you can learn about the planet without … er … burning a hole in your wallet.

Learn about sustainable, healthy living April 27 and 28 at Eco Expo: Ottawa’s Healthy Living Show. Slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ottawa Convention Centre, this show features presentations, exhibits and a Children’s Fun Zone.  For details, check

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