Earth Day 2017: Enjoy and protect the region’s natural environment

Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day – an annual global event that reminds us to celebrate and protect the natural environment today and every day.  The theme of this year’s event is “EarthPLAY: Connect to your nature!” and I encourage residents to do just that. Get outside, explore the natural beauty of our region and most importantly – have fun!

If you are looking to get active and celebrate Earth Day, you can visit any one of Halton’s three Regional Waterfront Parks along Lake Ontario, cycle through the trails at Kelso, Mountsberg or Hilton Falls, or explore Halton’s over 700 hectares of rich and diverse Regional forests.

Celebrate Earth Day in your local community

Residents can also take part in local community events to celebrate Earth Day:

Burlington
Halton Hills
  • 22-Minute Makeover – Friday, April 21
  • Community Clean-Up Day – Saturday, April 22
  • Halton Hills Earth Day Event – Saturday, April 29
  • Earth Day & Sustainability Fair – Saturday, April 29
Oakville
  • 26th Annual Earth Week Clean Up –  Saturday, April 22
Milton
  • Nassagaweya Rural Road Clean-up Day – Saturday, May 6
  • Good Neighbours Community Day – Saturday, May 6

Working together to plan for a green, sustainable future

As the region continues to grow, our Regional Official Plan – our guide for land-use planning and decision making – ensures we are protecting the environment through healthy, sustainable investments in our community.

We are also committed to making it easy for residents to be environmental stewards. Below are some suggestions on how you can support your community:

  • Residents can help to divert waste from the landfill by participating in Halton’s Green Cart and Blue Box programs, and using the Halton Waste Management Site for the safe and proper disposal of household waste.
  • Residents and businesses can help protect drinking water sources through responsible use and proper disposal of hazardous chemicals such as fuels, solvents, pesticides and fertilizers. Halton is also implementing Source Protection Plans, aimed at reducing risks associated with potential contamination and overuse of our municipal drinking water sources. If you are unsure about how to properly dispose of waste, use our online Put Waste in its Place Tool to find out how easy it can be.
  • Landowners with forest resources are encouraged to apply for the Region’s Woodlands Stewardship Program which provides financial assistance for preparing a forest management plan, purchasing and planting nursery stock and employing tree marking services.
  • Residents can consider alternative modes of transportation, such as carpooling. Smart Commute Halton’s online tool helps residents find carpool partners within their organizations or along their commuting route to save time, money and protect the environment.
  • Halton Region also continues to implement the Active Transportation Master Plan to provide safer and more accessible transportation choices, while reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality and contributing to our sustainable future.

I invite you to take part in local Earth Day events, explore the great outdoors and be an environmental steward every day of the year. By working together we can protect our natural environment for future generations and continue making Halton a great place to live, work and play.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.