Earth Day 2012: The Best of Toronto’s Eco Events


April is Earth Month in Canada and throughout the month Earth Day Canada has partnered with countless businesses and organizations to take part in earth friendly activities and campaigns. It is a time to reflect on our own lifestyle choices and how they impact the planet and educate ourselves and our families about preserving the environment. We challenge you to be your family’s ambassador for the earth and let us know how you’re teaching your children to go green.

Toronto Mom has made an earth day weekend commitment to lessen our environmental impact by walking or taking transit, drinking only tap water (not bottled) and taking part in several community clean ups around the city. In addition to taking our kids along to help with community clean up and changing our daily activities, we are also heading to the Zoo to Party for the Planet so be sure to come back next week for our Round Up from the Zoo.

We’re sure you already know about the Green Living Show and the Green Parenting Show but here are some other events worth checking out this weekend.

Evergreen Brick Works

Evergreen charity has transformed the former Don Valley Brick Works into a year round centre for sustainability and ‘green’ design. Much like the Distillery District it is becoming a go-to destination for arts and culture and this weekend there are tonnes of earth friendly activities to do from Site-walks and lectures to workshops for children and adults. If you haven’t been to the Brickworks yet, be sure to make it your #1 stop this weekend.

Downsview Park

If you live in Toronto and have a green thumb, Downsview Park is having a tree planting day on Aprill 22nd where over 2000 trees will be planted to help the new eco development of the park. Tree planting is free and everyone is welcome, you can register to participate on the Park’s website.

Todmorden Mills

Designated as an istoric site, Todmorden Mills is offering earth day activities on Sunday April 22nd from 12-4pm. While many other earth day events are focusing on the many ways we can go green, the discussions at the Mills will focus on the impact of industrialization. Anyone who attends Todmorden Mills on Sunday can participate in a collaborative eco-art project.

Earth day, red flower

And of course, we also recommend going to the Zoo to Party for the Planet. There are going to be environmental educators, zoo keeper talks, a chance to buy your own rain barrel and much more. If you don’t make it to the Zoo, we’ll let you know just how happening GTA’s premiere earth day event was on Monday.

Photos by Melissa Bessey

Melissa Bessey

Toronto Mom Now City Manager Melissa Bessey is an entertainment journalist, publicist and an active urban mother of three. She is an accomplished professional visual artist and graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her areas of expertise include arts and culture, education and parenting. Melissa's writing, editing and photography have appeared in BlogTO, The National Post, Women`s Post, 24hrs, Exclaim, Sway Magazine and more.

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