Earth Day a focus on environment

Friday, April 22 marks the 20th year of Earth Day in Canada, and Earth Day Canada plans an ‘action and pledge’ campaign to encourage healthy alternatives to benefit people and the planet.

Choosing healthier alternatives, even for the short term, can lead to thinking about the impact of decisions people make.

Earth Day is a fitting opportunity to renew a commitment to living in harmony with the environment. Each Earth Day and Earth Month, hundreds of thousands of Canadians take part in environmental activities in their schools, workplaces, and communities.

Earth Day is an opportunity to help create a healthier world by making  changes to daily routines.

Envision Financial has partnered with Maples Discovery Gardens Co-op and LEPS to offer the pilot program Nature’s Classroom, a chance for Langley students in Grades 3 to 7 to discover where food really comes from and become stewards of the environment. Volunteers must be willing to work directly with students, leading educational activities. All training will be provided. Volunteers must also submit to a criminal records check.

The classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in April, May and June at Maples Discovery Gardens Co-op, 7743 200 St., Langley.

To sign up, contact  ocarnrite@tol.ca.

Other workshops include:

• Goodbye Fry — There is a fish release events with an opportunity to help release thousands of tiny salmon fry into local streams, on Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nicomekl Enhancement Society’s hatchery, 5263 232 St.

• Thursday morning field work — Every Thursday morning throughout the school year, LEPS field supervisor Dave Sam works with Langley Christian Middle School students at various sites in the Murrayville area. They do garbage cleanups, site maintenance, invasive species removals and other field based projects. Sam is looking for volunteers to help supervising the students and helping with the work.

Contact education@tol.ca.