The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the movement, which is now lead by Earth Day Network, the world’s largest organization championing positive change for the environment.
Despite the current obstacles we face as individuals and as a community under Covid-19 restrictions, there are plenty of positives surrounding us when we look for them. Many countries are enjoying the lowest pollution levels and clearest skies they’ve seen in years, if not decades. While we don’t yet know the lasting impact that this reduction in pollution will bring, we do have the opportunity to take advantage of the positives in the midst of this time of social distancing. Now more than ever is the time to take care of your physical and mental well-being by enjoying nature.
On this 50th Earth Day, take a trip outdoors and go for a walk or spend time in your garden. While you’re there, snap a photo and post with the tags #BrantfordTogether and #EarthDay. We may not be able to plant a tree with our neighbors, but we can take a moment to breathe the fresh air and appreciate the beautiful world we live in. Though we are apart, we can come together with our collective spirit and participate in this Earth Day as a community, spreading virtual positivity.
If you are interested in learning more about the effects of Covid-19 on global climate, Earth Day Canada is offering a free virtual event – What on Earth (Day) is Going On? Climate Change in the Time of Covid-19.
To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, the City of Brantford has closed all City facilities and prohibited use of all outdoor amenities including playground structures, benches, picnic tables, public exercise equipment, etc. While people who are not providing frontline essential services are urged to stay home, we recognize that people will occasionally need outdoor exercise breaks. The City’s parks and trails remain open for walking, jogging and biking (on applicable trails), however, strict physical distancing guidelines (remaining 6 ft apart from others) MUST be practiced at all times in public.