The things we do as part of our everyday lives can help us reduce our impact on the environment, keep us healthy and save us money. By making small changes we can make a big difference.
Choose an active lifestyle:
By living an active lifestyle we not only improve our health but we also help to reduce our impact on the environment.
If we walk or cycle to do errands or get to work instead of using our vehicles we can make a difference.
Landscape for energy efficiency:
We can reduce our energy costs by planting trees to block the winter winds and shade south facing windows in the summer.
Reduce, reuse and recycle:
By participating in a recycling program we can dramatically reduce the amount of energy needed to produce finished products.
Similarly, reducing our consumption and repairing or reusing items instead of purchasing new will reduce energy use. Composting reduces the amount of garbage entering local landfills and is a more environmentally friendly alternative.
Visit Environment Canada's Take Action for the Environment web site. You'll find more information and tips to help you take action for a cleaner and healthier environment.
Special thanks to Bob and Dog Mackenzie and the Northern Climate ExChange in Whitehorse, Yukon for use of their likeness, graphics and tips. During the past few years, Northern Climage ExChange mascots, Bob and Dog, have been educating Yukoners about climate change and energy efficiency. The illustrations are by Tanya Handley. More information on the Northern Climate Exchange is available at www.taiga.net/nce