5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Alexis Millar is the former Digital Marketing Specialist at the Edmonton Public Library.

We talk about Mother Earth and all her wonder on a regular basis, but we only have one day where we stop to reflect on the damage we are doing to our planet. That day is today, April 22 aka Earth Day! So let's give a big shoutout to the oxygen-rich, greenery-filled planet that we call home. Here are five ways to celebrate Earth Day ? with the Edmonton Public Library!

1. EPL Picks for Earth Lovers

Learn more about our impact on the Earth, and get tips on how to reduce your environmental footprint with our wonderful booklist.

EPL Great Stuff Recommends: Celebrate Earth Day!

"In nature, nothing exists alone." - Rachel Carson, 1962 Earth Day is on April 22, 2022. 

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes offers a mix of historical accounts and scientific evidence surrounding the Great Lakes, from their discovery to their current state. A must-read for those who enjoy science writing and reporting. Also available as a downloadable audiobook.

No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference, a collection of speeches given at various events, summits, and demonstrations. Thunberg's words are a wake-up call for the older generationthe politicians and corporate leaders who continue to stall climate change action, and a plea from the younger generations who will deal with the consequences of climate inaction for years to come.

The Right to Be Cold frames climate change as a human rights issue due to devastating effects on Inuit culture and communities throughout the Arctic. Watt-Cloutier links environmental trauma with the trauma experienced be Indigenous Peoples through colonization and industrialization. Also available as an eBook.

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2. Life Skills: Home Composting Class

Reduce the amount of garbage you’re producing by learning how to turn household food scraps into a valuable resource for your garden, grass and potted plants. Join our Home Composting and Soil Building class on Tuesday, May 10.

3. Earth Day at Strathcona

Become an Earth doctor! Get your hands dirty with the University of Alberta—feel different kinds of growth mediums, design your own healthy Earth and even take a plant home with you. Drop by our Strathcona Branch on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

4. Power up with PowerKnowledge

Encourage your kid to learn about the Earth and have fun while doing it! Check out our online resource, PowerKnowledge Earth & Space Science for learners in Grades 3 to 6.

5. Borrow Great Stuff with EPL

Grab your library card and head to your favourite EPL location to borrow a book this weekend instead of buying a new one! 

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