Earth Day in the Sault: a few ways to get involved

Earth Day is April 22, 2021, and here are just a few ways to safely get involved in Sault Ste Marie and celebrate the earth all week long!

Batchewana First Nation is encouraging families to think about the birds this Earth Day.  As birds are returning from their journey south, families are encouraged to get creative and make a bird feeder with recycled materials and hang it in their yard.  They are also offering an Earth Day themed bingo chart where families are encouraged to complete a line of 5 tasks, and there are prizes to be won for participating families.

The Garden River First Nations Land and Resource Department are hosting a youth Earth Day photo contest.  Participants are invited to send in their favourite picture of “being on the land.”  Caption your photo with what the land means to you and what age category you’re a part of.  There are three prizes to be one in each age category and participants are encouraged to get creative with their entries!  Entries are due on Earth Day, by noon.

The Kensington Conservancy is inviting you to complete three activities in your yard or local community to better the environment. They offer some suggestions: “You could pick up garbage, plant native trees, shrubs, and/or flowers, submit observations to community science projects, start a composter, or change your lightbulbs to more energy efficient ones.”

Earth Day coincides with Great Lakes Awareness Day.  There is a current threat to our precious Great Lakes freshwater being posed by the Line 5 oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac that connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.  Line 5 has spilled 33 times and at least 1.1 million gallons along its length since 1968.  “Oil and Water Don’t Mix: Keep Oil out of the Great Lakes” offers many actions you can take in opposition to the pipeline to keep our great lakes oil free.

The Sault Ste Marie Public Library is offering “Good for Every Grain” grow kits (while supplies last) with instructions and supplies to begin to grow wheat and soybeans. The grow kits are available for curbside pickup at the James L. McIntyre Centennial Library, weekdays 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Dream of Wild Health is hosting a free online workshop on Earth Day from 6-8pm called “Sacred Medicines and Garden Beginnings Workshop: Honoring Mother Earth.”  Three speakers will be sharing their knowledge on topics like food as medicine, garden design for small spaces, and garden design for seed saving.

Sault Climate Hub is hosting an online seminar on the effects of Climate Change in Ontario’s Far North.  The talk is hosted by Dr. David Pearse, an Earth Scientist and professor at the School of the Environment.  This will be happening online tonight at 7:30pm.

These are just a few activities you can get involved with locally this Earth Day. The possibilities are endless, so get creative and help make our Sault community cleaner and greener.

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