Easter has come and gone, and now we’re looking forward to Earth Day tomorrow. One way to celebrate is to support a green charity. If you’re looking for some suggestions, we have five ideas to get you started. We’re presenting them in alphabetical order.
Support a Green Charity for Earth Day
The obvious green charity to support on Earth Day is Earth Day Canada, don’t you think? Headquartered here in Toronto, the group runs free, year-round, award-winning programs. Their EcoKids environmental education program supports students and teachers in grades K-8, and their free peer-to-peer EcoMentors program gives youth skills training. They take action, recognize environmental leaders and offer financial support through scholarships. Earth Day Canada believes each Canadian has a responsibility to do what they can to lessen their impact on the earth.
We’re big fans of Evergreen Brickworks at Toronto Mom Now. It’s a great place to visit in any season. Evergreen is more than the Brickworks, though. Headquartered here in Toronto, the organization’s mission is Inspiring action to green cities. They focus on four areas: Greenspace, Children, Food and CityWorks. It’s a kid-friendly green charity, and you can support them on Earth Day and all year long.
Toronto Humane Society
This Earth Day do something nice for our fellow creatures by supporting the Toronto Humane Society. The group’s mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. They operate an animal shelter and adoption facility, which offers a safe haven for injured and abandoned animals in the City of Toronto. They also offer a spay and neuter service, and foster immature and injured animals who aren’t well enough to be in the adoption facility.
Trees are important. They absorb carbon dioxide, so each tree you plant reduces the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. They also produce oxygen, which we all need to breathe. To help ensure that Ontario is filled with trees, you can join forces with Trees Ontario. This not-for-profit organization based here in Toronto implements tree planting programs across the province. They hold family-friendly tree-planting events, which you may want to attend. Their goal is to support the planting of 10 million trees a year by 2015, but they need your help on Earth Day and every day to make that happen.
Toronto Wildlife Centre
Since 1993 the Toronto Wildlife Centre has served as a leader in the field of wildlife rescue, veterinary care, rehabilitation and education. It has helped hundreds of people through its Wildlife Hotline. Over 74,000 wild animals from 270 different species have been admitted for care. From birds to beavers to deer to foxes and more, all kinds of animals in dire need of help have found it through the Toronto Wildlife Centre. It provides a vital and unique service in Southern Ontario, and it could use your support on Earth Day to help care for Toronto’s urban wildlife.
What about you – what green charities are you supporting this Earth Day?