Celebrate Earth Day and help make Whitby cleaner and greener

This April 13 to 27, to help celebrate Earth Day, residents and businesses in Whitby are invited to pitch in and participate in an activity that will help make Whitby a cleaner and greener community.

Each year, to celebrate Earth Day (April 22), communities around the world come together to protect the environment and create a healthy, more sustainable future for the planet. This year there are more than 190 countries participating in the Earth Day celebrations.

In support of Earth Day, residents and businesses are invited to participate in one or all of the following activities:

• Downtown Whitby Spring Clean-Up – April 13, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Visit Celebration Square outside the Whitby Public Library (405 Dundas Street) to get a free clean-up kit.
• Project Property Sweep Whitby – April 21 to 27
Help clean up local parks and surrounding areas. Free clean-up kits are now available for pick-up at Iroquois Park Sports Centre (500 Victoria Street West) and the Operations Centre (333 McKinney Drive).
• 17th Annual Pitch-in Brooklin – April 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Visit any Brooklin park to get a free clean-up kit.

The theme of this year’s global Earth Day is “Protect Our Species”, with the goal to promote awareness of the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species linked to causes driven by human activity. As a Bee City, the Town of Whitby is committed to the protection of local pollinators and their habitat through a number of initiatives, including the recent planting of a pollinator garden on Whitby’s waterfront and public education workshops around the importance of pollinators.

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