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Help Give the Planet a “Hug” this Earth Hour


Welcome to one of my favourite days of the year; a day where 12 million Canadians will literally be in the dark for Earth Hour! Now in its 8th year, Earth Hour, which stretches across twenty four time zones and six continents, takes place on March 28 at 8:30 p.m. local time.

In the past seven years, Earth Hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots environment movement, encouraging people to act or donate to help our environment. The most recognized act is to turn off your lights for one hour – a small but powerful gesture that shows your concern for the health of our planet.

We hope you’ll be in the dark this Earth Hour, but there’s much more you can do to make a difference and we have four ideas to get you started:

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Try planting milkweed seeds to germinate indoors and in the summer you can transplant the milkweed seedlings to your garden to help feed the monarch butterfly as they migrate to, and from, Mexico.

The monarch butterfly population is in steep decline thanks to climate change, deforestation, planting of pesticide-resistant crops and a lack of milkweed for the monarch caterpillar to lay her eggs. The monarch caterpillar needs milkweed to lay her eggs and the monarch butterfly needs milkweed to eat the nectar.

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Another easy and effective way to help the environment is to build a seed bomb. Seed bombs are packed with seeds of native species that your community’s wildlife needs to thrive.

Take a cue from the Nature Conservancy of Canada and join them for a morning of building hundreds of seed bombs to be planted in your towns. Want to get started at home?  Here’s a super simple recipe you can try:

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  • 5 parts clay powder = 1 ¼ cups clay powder
  • 3 parts compost = ¾ cup clay powder
  • 1 part seed = ¼ cup seed
  • 1-2 parts water = ¼ – ½ cup water

Mix dry ingredients (clay, compost, and seed). Add water, mix thoroughly with hands. Roll into balls with hands. Let them air dry and launch them into the air! 

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You don’t need an ocean to do a Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. You can organize a clean-up at local rivers, lakes, sloughs and wetlands. We all know how important these systems are to our planet so why not plan a clean-up in your community this year? Visit the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup site to find a clean-up near you!

15_00240-PlanetGroupHug-4There are so many great charities that work to save the planet every day. Whether it’s a grassroots or large-scale charity, these organizations can teach us how to live a healthy, environmentally friendly life. How can we help these organizations make a difference? The best way to help is to get involved. Find the organization that is right for you and give your time and effort to make a positive change for our planet.

Do you have any Planet Group Hugs to share? Make sure you leave them in the comments section and please help us make a difference this Earth Hour and beyond. Learn more about Earth Hour at www.earthhour.org.