Monday, March 9, 2009

Are You Green?

In a few weeks, I will be participating in Earth Hour Toronto. An event that requires turning off the lights, computers, televisions and spending one hour not using any electricity. I participated last year in the hopes of teaching my kids that protecting mother earth was very important, and I think it was a success. So, on March 28, 2009, for one hour, people across the globe, in every city and nation will be united in this cause. The Earth Hour event brings awareness to businesses, communities, neighbourhoods, and governments to take care of the environment. I practice being environmentally friendly every day. That means switching off the lights when not in the room, recycling bottles, cans and paper, donating items to local charities, and having energy efficient appliances to save electricity, and using re-usables bags for shopping.
I also garden every year. My kids help me clean up the yard, put the leaves in brown bags,and help plant perennials. They take pride in their hard work, and watch the flowers bloom in the summer. Living green has become a way of life; the norm in our household. We live in a fragile world. Global warming is on the rise, wildlife and ecosystems are being destroyed at an alarming rate. Isn't that a warning to us all that we need to change the way we live?

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