In 2007, residents in Sydney, Australia created a movement by turning their lights off for one hour in support of climate change. This marked the beginning of Earth Hour. The following year, 35 countries participated in this World Wildlife Fund initiative and last year, on Earth Hour’s 10th anniversary, millions of individuals, businesses and organizations … More Connect2Earth this Earth Hour
Last fall, Nelson became the third high school in Burlington after Aldershot and Hayden to participate in the People and Places in Halton (P2H) program. P2H is a partnership between the individual high school, the City of Burlington and the Halton Region Health Department where a series of guest presenters are invited to engage students … More Nelson students share suggestions for a liveable community
When it comes to global issues such as climate change, do you feel overwhelmed and wonder whether one person can really have an impact? What if each and every one of us does just one thing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Collectively, we will make a difference. And, maybe that one small thing you do … More 18 Ways to Show You Care for Our Planet in 2018
Thank you to BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association for hosting another successful event, called Connect the Dots, in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation. The event helped to raise awareness of the Foundation’s Blue Dot movement, a campaign to include the right to a healthy environment within the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and to inspire … More Connect the Dots
Are you interested in growing your own local food? Do you live in an apartment, condominium or a townhouse and don’t have space to plant a garden? The City of Burlington has a solution that might work for you. From experienced gardeners to beginners, anyone can apply to rent a ground-based or raised accessible plot … More Community garden applications due on Nov. 30
Are you a Halton teacher (grades K to 12) or administrator interested in advancing environmental education in your school? If yes, the Ontario EcoSchools workshop is for you. Interested teachers and administrators are invited to attend a free information session to ask questions and learn from experienced Ontario EcoSchools teachers and administrators. Date: Nov. 18, … More Halton teachers and administrators: Ontario EcoSchools hosts an environmental education workshop Nov. 18
Take action and come to Tansley Woods Community Centre on Saturday, May 27 between 1 and 5 p.m. as we have a great event planned for you! With 30 exhibitors and eight presentations, there will be something for every member of the family. There will be lots of practical ideas to help you reduce your … More Let’s Live Green Burlington!
Students at one of Burlington’s certified Gold Ontario EcoSchools are taking the “Make every day Earth Day” mantra to heart. M.M. Robinson’s EcoClub members recognized an issue at their school and through their effort made a difference across the Halton District School Board. Thank you to Caitlin Boutros and Heather Howell, teachers at M.M. Robinson … More M.M. Robinson Students – Champions of the Environment
Congratulations to BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association on their 10th anniversary. BurlingtonGreen is a local, citizen-led, nonpartisan, not-for-profit environmental agency with a continued focus on awareness, action and advocacy. Their grassroots work began in 2007 around a kitchen table where local citizens gathered with an aim to make a difference to help the planet locally. Since then … More BurlingtonGreen celebrates 10 years!
Earth Hour is a global movement of communities around the world to raise awareness of climate change and to showcase actions that we can all take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Are you ready for Earth Hour? This year, Earth Hour will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m. local time.What is the … More This Earth Hour, shine a light on climate action
March 22 is World Water Day and in Burlington, the Healthy Kids Community Challenge wants you to take a Great Big Sip. What is Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington? Burlington is one of 45 communities across Ontario chosen to promote children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating. Every nine months, communities are given a … More Be part of the Great Big Sip on March 22
March 22 is World Water Day; a day to raise awareness about the importance of fresh water and its proper care. Living close to the Great Lakes might lead us to believe that our fresh water is an endless resource. Unfortunately, this seems to lead to waste. Think back to the summer months when you … More Celebrate World Water Day
Take the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge Teachers, don’t miss your chance to register for the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC). Sign up by Jan. 22 to participate in this free, fun, educational challenge to raise awareness about energy related issues. What is the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge about? Registered Canadian classrooms from Kindergarten to grade … More Turn over a new leaf in your classroom
Well, it’s not actually my birthday but it’s my Take Action Burlington blog’s birthday. Last November, I finally took the step of entering the social media world, at least for work purposes. No, I still don’t have a personal social media account even though everyone around me thinks I’m a little behind the times. However, … More Happy Birthday to Me!
Last Friday, Burlington Hydro held their second open house. Just like last year, it was intentionally planned on a PA Day and catered to both youth and adults. I was invited to attend representing the City of Burlington but since I was double booked, I was only able to attend the event in the afternoon. … More Burlington Hydro puts on an electrifying event
Next week, about 4,000 Halton students from grades two to five will be embarking upon a great adventure to participate in the 11th annual Halton Children’s Water Festival at Kelso Conservation Area. What better way to learn – about water science and technology, water conservation and protection, water health and safety, and water and society … More Splish, splash … it’s time for outdoor learning and fun
Are you looking for a fun and interactive activity to carry out in your neighbourhood? If so, consider participating in Trout Unlimited Canada’s Yellow Fish Road program that the City of Burlington has been promoting locally since 2005. What is this program about? As I mentioned in my last blog about emptying your pool water … More Paint the city yellow!
Earlier this month, I profiled the Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) store in Burlington. This time, I am featuring another local business Edge Imaging as recommended by Burlington Hydro Inc.’s manager of corporate communications, Christine Hallas. Edge Imaging is a proud Burlington company in the school and sports photography business employing close to 300 people. In … More Edge Imaging – Preserving memories and the environment
Every June, we are given that extra bit of encouragement to go outdoors, get active and celebrate our natural environment. If the longer, warmer and sun-filled days aren’t enough incentive, perhaps the dates that celebrate the environment will help inspire you to Think Outside the Car. They include: World Environment Day – celebrated every June … More Think Outside the Car
Clean Up Events to Celebrate Earth Day: April 18-23 Did you know that the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970? Though we should be thankful for our wonderful planet every single day, April 22 is a day where many celebrate Mother Earth. A common way of acknowledging Earth Day is to roll up our … More Help Mother Nature with a spring cleaning and greening
Earth Hour, an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 with over two million residents symbolically turning their lights off for one hour in support of climate change awareness. The following year, 35 countries participated in the event and in 2015 this grew to 172 countries. Many countries have been … More Celebrate Earth Hour 2016
Last night Tom Thomson Public School (P.S.) celebrated their fourth Eco Night. The City of Burlington was one of many groups invited to attend the event. City staff set up a display and spoke with teachers, students and parents regarding some of the city’s initiatives including: Idling awareness – Tell your parents to turn their … More Tom Thomson Public School Celebrates Eco Night
Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow is province’s guiding document for environmental education. I was drawn to this title as it is “à propos” to what we strive for in the environmental field. Decisions we make today impact our future and who better to relay this message to than our youth? I reviewed Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow … More Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow
Idling Awareness in Burlington We’re back this week with more on idling. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment or share their thoughts about our last idling blog. In 2014, Halton Region conducted an Air Quality and Climate Change survey to determine knowledge, opinions, attitudes and/or behaviours related to a variety of … More Idling Awareness in Burlington
If idling gets you nowhere, why do so many people idle their vehicles unnecessarily instead of turning their engines off? Myths: Idling is the best way to warm up a vehicle. Turning a vehicle on and off produces more emissions than letting a vehicle idle. Reality: The best way to warm up a vehicle is … More Idling Gets You Nowhere