Rave: Cool Earth Day ideas

With Earth Day coming up this Sunday, we wondered what we could be doing to make our lives and our city greener. Whether it’s making a donation to help beautify the city, planting trees or learning ways to make eco-conscious changes in our everyday life, we’ve rounded up some Earth Day events and initiatives taking place in Toronto this Sunday, April 22.  

Spend the day at Evergreen Brickworks – @EvergreenCanada
If you’re looking for a whole day of eco-friendly fun and education, the Evergreen Brickworks is hosting a wide range of activities, including a vegan food fair at the farmer’s market, a tree tour in the quarry led by LEAF, public tree planting on site, live music and a talk by Adria Vasil, author of the new book Ecoholic Body: Your Ultimate Earth-Friendly Guide to Living Healthy and Looking Good.
A perfectly picturesque place to learn how to make your life greener.
Raise money for the city’s beautification at Piola – @PiolaToronto

Residents of Parkdale and lovers of pizza alike should head over to Queen West’s newest and most delicious Italian restaurant. In celebration of Earth Day, $2 of every pizza sold will be donated to the Parkdale Beautification Project. What better way to support a great cause and eat some of the city’s best pizza?

When else can you eat pizza for a good cause?

Plant a tree at Downsview Park – @downsviewpark 
If you’re like us, you’ve always been impressed and intrigued by those outdoorsy types who take off for the west coast and plant trees all summer. Well here’s your chance to get a (small) taste of what it’s  like. From 12 to 2 p.m. on Earth Day, Downsview Park will be hosting public tree planting with the goal of planting over 2,000 trees. One tree per person/family while trees last and shovels and tools provided. What a perfect way to try something new and make Toronto greener?
Help create this green oasis in the city.
Download the The Quench Mobile App – @thewaterbros
This Earth Day we suggest you try out one of the most innovative, environmentally-conscious ideas we’ve seen in a while. Quench is a free app brought to you by The Water Brothers TV Series that instantly connects you to the nearest water fountain or official water bottle Refill Location in the Greater Toronto Area. You are able to search by destination or your current location, rate a water fountain and/or refill locations as well as add your own water fountain or refill location. Participating locations include The Drake Hotel, The Beaconsfield, Subway, Pizza Pizza and Leslieville Cheese Market, to name only a few of the 4,905 locations around the GTA.
One of the easiest ways to live green.
Recycle your old computer with Computation’s FREE Earth Day Computer Recycling – @Computation_Ca
Ever wonder where computers go when they die? The best way to dispose of a computer that has reached its expiry date is to recycle it. In honour of Earth Day, from April 16 to 22, Computation is inviting the general public to drop off their unwanted computers and equipment for free at 280 Jane St. from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. As well as this being environmentally-friendly (and privacy ensured) a tree will be planted on your behalf for every major item recycled via a one dollar donation to Trees Canada (a charitable organization which has planted 77 million trees nationally over 19 years).
A computer graveyeard.
While Earth Day is the perfect time to start implementing a greener lifestyle, the idea is to raise awareness in the hopes that people continue living more eco-consciously. With such simple suggestions, what excuses do we have have left not to try and live green?