Celebrating 20 Years of Going
Twenty years ago, Canada joined 141 other nations
to celebrate the first International Earth Day. That year also
marked the creation of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. In
the past 20 yearsboth have grown like a
weed. Earth Day has become Earth Week, as more than one billion
people from 170 countries – including six million
Canadians – take part in celebrations.
“Thanks to the generous support of our
donors, we’ve provided funding to more than 18,000
grassroots environment and wildlife projects across the country
over the past 20 years,” says
Mary Desjardins, Executive Director, TD
Friends of the Environment Foundation.
“Environmental issues have become more top of mind as a
result of the hard work and generosity of Canadians. We encourage
everyone to continue being environmentally aware at home, at work
and in the community.”
Here are some tips on how to celebrate Earth
- Produce less waste. You may find that a lot of your
“garbage” can be recycled, composted or
- Use less power. Turn off, or unplug appliances that are not in
use. Read a book and give the home entertainment unit a rest.
- Walk, ride your bike or use public transit. See if you can live
without your car for one week.
- Become involved with a charity that’s dedicated to
the environment and wildlife. If you’re part of a
non-profit organization or school and need funding to bring your
environment project to life, you can apply for funding from TD
Friends of the Environment Foundation at www.tdfef.com.
- Get the entire family involved and develop your own Earth Week
activities. It is a fun way to help your kids develop
environmentally friendly habits that can last a lifetime.