Environmental News & Acts of Kindess
Monthly environmental activities to help celebrate our planet
April 22nd is Earth Day!
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd!
Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada inspires people of all ages across the country to connect with nature and build resilient communities as well as foster an intrinsically motivated, enduring commitment to stewardship and conservation. https://earthday.ca/about
Earth Day 2018 Theme: End Plastic Pollution
From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet. Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics. https://earthday.org
Ideas for your family to celebrate Earth Day:
- Get involved with Earth Day 2018’s Theme https://www.earthday.org/yourjourney2018/
Download your Plastic Pollution Primer to learn more about this problem and act to help End Plastic Pollution!
- Spend a day outside. In the garden with your family, plant vegetables, trees or native flowers and attract native animals and pollinators. Or join a local community event to help clean your neighbourhood or restore local plant life.
- Make commitments to cut down on your energy usage as well as waste. Turn lights off, power down electrical devices, turn down your thermostat and only do full loads of laundry and dishes. Always bring cloth bags when shopping, refuse to buy over packaged products, and lug a mug instead of using non-recyclable coffee cups.
- Learn more about the environment and the effects of global warming. Encourage awareness and promote the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle way of life.
Remember that every day is Earth Day! Don’t restrict yourself to just one day a year. Make environmental actions and caring about the planet a habit – on Earth Day and every day.
Talking About Mental Health: March 2019
Random Acts of Kindness
Did you know that there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind! That’s right. Just the act of being kind has been shown to stimulate the same part of the brain as those who receive an act of kindness. The simple act of kindness can:
- Reduce the stress hormone cortisol
- Increase sense of positive mood and satisfaction
- Help with physical health including lowering blood pressure
- Increase sense of happiness
- Increase feelings of “calm”
- Improve the mood of somebody simply witnessing the act of kindness
Kindness is also something that is TEACHABLE. Dr. Ritchie Davidson of the University of Wisconsin states that: “It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.”
As a family, you can:
- Make a conscious effort to recognize and say something kind about each other or someone else
- Give everyone in the family sticky notes to leave kindness notes to each other around the house
- Challenge everyone to do a random act of kindness every day for a week and have dinner time discussion about what everybody did that day
- Make an effort to identify and appreciate kindness that has been received
The weather may not be “playing nice” with us here in Southern Ontario these last weeks but we can still give our brain and our mental health a winter “boost”! So go out and notice kindness, receive kindness and give kindness this month.
Jenny Marino, Mental Health Lead
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