‘Bee’ friendly this Earth Day

Wondering what you and your family can to do celebrate Earth Day this year? Planting a bee-friendly garden is one idea and it also supports this year’s theme to Protect Our Species.

It’s among the ideas York Region is offering as it reminds residents that small actions can add up to a big impact and encourages us to take some everyday actions to benefit the environment and our health on Earth Day on April 22 and throughout Earth Week.

Why are bees so important? Plants need them to pollinate, making them indispensable pollinators of most ecosystems. Many species of animals depend on bees for their survival because their food sources include nuts, berries, seeds and fruits, the Earth Day Network notes.

Of course, there are other ways to support the environment. York Region invites you to take part in this year’s Community Tree Planting Festival on May 11. Or, order your own composter for $20 at the Backyard Sale by May 8 and pick up on May 11 at the York Region Administrative Centre, 17250 Yonge St., Newmarket. Compost is easy to make and free and its many benefits include acting as a natural sponge, reducing the need to water your garden, trees and lawn.

Other ideas: reduce your reliance on single-use plastics by skipping things like single-use straws, coffee pods, food wraps and plastic bags in favour of reusable ones. You can also take advantage of York Region’s Plastic Bag Take-Back program that allows residents to bring their plastic bags back to retailers to be recycled, reducing the number of bags sent to landfill.

Drinking more tap water and packing your lunch in reusable containers are other ways to reduce waste, while taking transit or riding your bike instead of driving reduces the number of cars on the road. You’re invited to share other helpful tips at #loveyr.

Photo courtesy of York Region. 

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