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National Environment Week: What is it, and how you can get involved

Be part of the environmental movement next week

May 29, 2018 by Centaine Hlushak

June 3-9, 2018 is National Environment Week in Canada, celebrating the environment and bringing the community together for a greener future.

It also coincides with World Environment Day on June 5, and Clean Air Day on June 6.

Cities across Canada are hosting events to celebrate next week, and here’s how you and your families can get involved in Calgary:

  • Bullfrog Power – Canada’s leading provider of green energy, Bullfrog Power has helped businesses and families offset 1.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide since 2005 through green electricity, natural gas, and fuel options. Save up to $50 off your first bill when you apply our promo code “REAP” at checkout.
  • Citizen Science Programs – Alberta Environment and Parks’ website shares a comprehensive list of activities, projects, and studies to “bring ordinary people together with scientists that need their help,” from tracking bees and ladybugs to moose and squirrels.
  • Commuter Challenge – All through the week of June 3, Canadian cities and workplaces compete to see who can drive the least, opting instead for walking, biking, or taking transit. In 2017, Alberta had the highest participation rate with 3,992 citizens taking their cars off the road. Register your organization here.
  • Mayor’s Environment Expo – Geared towards Calgary’s grade K-9 students and their teachers, the 29th annual Mayor’s Environment Expo runs June 5-7 and brings together exhibitors from the private, public, and non-profit sectors to empower and engage students on subjects like recycling, composting, and water and energy efficiency. Click here to get involved.
  • YYC Trees Guided Tree Tour – Taking place at Bowness Park on the afternoon of June 9, the tour will highlight the park’s history and how to identify and care for native and non-native tree species. Kids activities include a scavenger hunt and tree Bingo. Click here to learn more.

TAKE ACTION:

  1. Check out Alberta Environment and Parks and the Government of Canada to learn more about Environment Week and find additional resources.
  2. This year’s theme for World Environment Day is Beat Plastic Pollution, stay tuned for an article on how you can do your part.
  3. Show us how you’re appreciating the environment on social media by tagging @reapcalgary on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and use the hashtag #BeLocalYYC.