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How You Can Help the Environment

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Tips to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint

Our planet’s natural environment is under unprecedented stress. The good news is that there are many ways that each of us can contribute to restoring a healthy planet. Getting outdoors to appreciate nature is a great way to be motivated to contribute to helping our wild species and wild spaces.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

The items listed below are just a few of the many meaningful actions people can take. Please share with us the ways you’re reducing your footprint using the hashtag #ImGoingGreen.

Sunnybrook Park tree planting © Noah Cole

Protect Wild Species

Snapping turtle © Seabamirum CC BY 2.0

Be a Responsible Consumer

Reusable bag © Nathan Fixler CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Take Action at Home

Ruby-throated hummingbird and cardinal flower © Steven Severinghaus CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Be a Responsible Citizen

  • Vote for candidates/parties with the most environmentally friendly platforms
  • Vote for representatives in your municipality with an environmentally friendly voting record
  • Contact your local councilor/MPP/MP to let them know you support a specific environmentally progressive measure
  • Become an Advocate for Nature
  • Encourage your family and friends to lessen their environmental footprint
  • Encourage your employer to establish or enhance an environmentally friendly program
  • Join Ontario Nature
A member signing the Protected Places Declaration © Noah Cole

Be Eco-friendly on the Move

  • Drive less, bike more
  • Take public transit
  • Walk
  • Carpool
  • Bring your own cup and mug when on the go
  • Fly less and offset your carbon emissions when you do fly
  • Drive an electric or hybrid vehicle
  • Pack your lunch in a reusable container
Foot, pedal and public transit © Nicola Betts, Queen's Printer for Ontario

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Petrel Point Nature Reserve © Mark Carabetta

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