9 Ways To Go Climate-Smart At Home | Carolinian Canada

9 Ways To Go Climate-Smart At Home

1) Explore My Wild Green Home and Enter the 10K Climate-Smart Challenge Passport Giveaway! 

Go green, support local, win prizes!

London’s wildest expo goes virtual! Choose your adventure to save the planet at home. Get interactive in an exciting new virtual green space to GO on local adventures, GROW climate-smart yards and GREEN your life at home with planet-friendly gear and activities. Learn more here.

My Wild Green Home is giving away TONS of great stuff that will help you go Green, Support Local and WIN prizes. Take the 10K Climate-Smart Challenge and you could win awesome stuff like: Climate-Smart Garden Kit, a tree in Celebration Forest, gift cards to local businesses, native plant seed packets and even the grand prize of a climate-smart native plant garden makeover! 

The sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win.

Find out more about the great giveaways happening this month: caroliniancanada.ca/10k

2) Create a climate-smart garden and join in growing Canada's Biggest Wildlife Garden!

native plant garden

Canada’s Biggest Wildlife Garden is Growing a Green Future

The vision for Canada’s Biggest Wildlife Garden connects Toronto to Windsor with healthy habitat to save local wildlife, water and our way of life.   

The seeds we plant today will define our future. Thousands of people are growing hope with native plants to address the triple threat of extinction, climate and health crises in the spirit and practice of reconciliation. 5,000 volunteers are working together across 37,000 hectares, as of fall 2020.  This is just the beginning - connecting 10,000 volunteers at home is a first critical step to save disappearing wildlife and grow healthy climate-smart neighbourhoods for wildlife and people.

Climate-smart Neighbourhoods for All

Canada's Biggest Wildlife Garden connects - urban to rural, wild to formal landscapes, beginners to experts, people to nature.  It improves equitable access to ethical climate-adaptive native plants for healthy landscapes for all, including the most marginalized. Growing just one native plant helps to reverse centuries of habitat loss.

2) Wear a sweater- turn down the heat

Or buy a programmable thermostat to control temperatures when you are not home or at night from your smart phone! Some programmable smart- thermostats will actually learn your habits and change the temperature for you, reducing the amount of energy wasted.

Join the movement! Each year on the first Thursday of February, Canada holds its ‘National Sweater Day’! According to WWF-Canada, over one million Canadians have taken part in ‘National Sweater Day’ since 2010. On this day every year, Canadians are donning their sweaters and turning down the heat in order to combat climate change. For more tips on how to host a fundraiser or get more involved, check out WWF’s Community Fundraising page. Remember, this doesn’t have to be just one day a year!
Through this, and many other initiatives, WWF-Canada is committed to seeing Canada use 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.

3) Reduce your use of single use plastics

travel coffee mug

Bring reusable cloth bags with you to the grocery store, carry a water bottle and coffee travel mug with you wherever you go. Cook home-made dinners at home and avoid buying pre-packaged foods. It’s healthier, less expensive and better for the environment. If you can’t avoid using them, make sure you responsibly dispose of them, or reuse them in a home project. 

Check out this youtube video to find out what actually happens to that platic water bottle you only used once.

4) Explore alternative ways to get to work

Walk, bike, or take public transit to work. It’s a great way to increase your daily physical activity, catch up on your favourite podcasts or audio books and spend more time outside. Check out this list of featured environmental focused podcasts to make your walks, bike and transit rides inspiring and educational.

5) Support Green Businesses

compost, recycle, waste

Support green businesses who consider the environment when producing or serving their products. Go to the coffee shop that has a compost bin on site or the restaurant that uses local farmers for their food supplier. The number of businesses that engage in environmentally sustainable practices is growing. Show them your support by switching your routine and using those businesses instead of a large box retailer. This compost bin was found at Innovation Works, a shared office space focusing on social innovation and socially good businesses!

6) Shop at thrift stores instead of buying new

By shopping at thrift stores, not only are you going to save some money, but also you’re going to save the landfill and in turn reduce the amount of carbon that gets pumped into the environment. Check out this article by One Green Planet about why thrift shopping helps the planet and ups your cool factor.

7) Connect with nature, the more you connect with nature, the more you'll want to preserve it.

canoe trip

What are you doing this Saturday? Check out the listing of conservation areas within the Lower Thames Conservation Authority that will help you get outside and explore Carolinian Canada’s wild places! The Lower Thames Conservation Authorities is just one example of the many wild places you can visit across the zone.

8) Shop local farmers markets

By shopping local, you’re not only sustaining the local economy, the food you purchase travels far less of a distance to get on your plate. Doing so reduces the carbon footprint of your dinner and will leave you feeling full. Full of sustainability! If in the London, Ontario area, check out the Western Fair Farmers Market each Saturday or check out the outdoor farmers market at Covent Garden Market each May-December. Want to find out where you can purchase farm fresh food in your area? Check out this resource by Ontario CSA Farm Directory. 

About My Wild Green Home 10 K Challenge Giveaways

What if you had 6 months to save the world, but you're stuck at home? The 10K Challenge has a big goal of igniting 10,000 climate-smart actions at home! Explore My Wild Green Home for hundreds of monthly giveaways for climate-smart wildlife lovers. The sooner you join, the more chances you have*. Everyone can be a climate hero! Get started today at CarolinianCanada.ca/10k.

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