The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting us all.

It is testing our ability to be kind. To be compassionate.

It’s forcing us to remember what is important in life. Family. Friends. Community.

It’s teaching us that we take many things for granted.

This pandemic is also an opportunity.

It is a time for us to reflect on how we have treated our shared home: our planet.

Now is the time for you to learn about changes you can make in your life that that are good for you, for your health, and for the planet.

We will continue to provide positive environmental education, resources, and tips for you to participate in.

Even in a pandemic, the world needs to heal and we can all help.

Here is a list of 10 things you an do for the planet during this pandemic.

 

1. Become a Vegan or Vegetarian Home Chef

Stuck inside? Don’t tell us you don’t have time to cook!  It’s time to get started on some new recipes.  Dig out those pots and pans and try a new plant-based meals. You’ll be surprised at how quick you fall in love delicious spices, beans, lentils, and chickpeas. Try a new recipe today.

2. Plant a vegetable garden

Gardening is time consuming, but it is also a great hobby! It’s good for your mental health and for our planet -and it can certainly keep us busy when self-isolating at home. Try planting some carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, spinach, and lettuce outside. There are tons of resources to teach you how and it’s a lot of fun!

 

3. Repair a broken item

We’re all guilty of hoarding broken things in hopes that we might one day fix it. But that day never seems to come. Now is the time to patch a hole in your favourite jeans! You can also upcycle a piece of furniture and give it a new life by making it new again.

4. Get outside

Spend time in nature – it will help you relax and calm those nerves. Uncertainty breeds anxiety – and it’s time we all relax. trails are still open and you can access them as long as you keep a safe distance from others. Take the time to listen to the wildlife around you – like birds and see if you can be grateful. Being close to water will allow you feelings of peace and serenity.

5. Learn about local wildlife

It can be hard to care about something you don’t fully understand. Birds, trees, flowers, trees  – these are all things that we may see on a daily basis but we don’t necessarily notice they exist. If we can take the time to learn about what’s in our local nature areas and our backyards, we will have a deeper sense of appreciation for them!

6. Install a rain barrel

If you don’t have one yet, now might be the time to put one in! This can help reduce water bills, protect rivers, streams, and ponds from runoff solutions. Make it a family activity and teach them about how rain water can help grow healthy and lush plants both indoors and outdoors!

7. Backyard Composting

Install a backyard composter at this time if your city doesn’t have a composting program. It is a great way to teach children about where their food waste should go and is a great way to lower your household garbage to next to nothing! 

8. Adopt a storm drain 

Protect your roadside storm drain by decluttering it from litter and other debris that was collected over the winter months. Simply remove the litter and dispose of it to ensure our waterways are kept neat and tidy!

 

9. Pollinator Gardens are calling

You can plant native flowers with bright colours like blue, yellow, red and purple. These are attractive to pollinators. Native plants are better adapted to your particular area and you can do some research on how to make a great pollinator garden stand out. 

10. Download the Random Acts of Green App 

If you’re looking for ways to track your impact, you can log all the actions above to look at the emissions you’ve help reduced. Join an engaged online community to track your impact, earn Green Points, and act together! The Random Acts of Green community invites YOU to take part in the movement.